After a year of online school, I felt the need to share my views on how it went and some things that I liked and felt that needed to be adjusted.

I am a junior at Roseburg High School, and completing the infamous "most difficult year of high school" did not go at all how I had imagined 16 months ago.

First and foremost, I think we should note that the teachers of the school district and everywhere have had to struggle just as much as the kids. For many, making the adjustment to online school was rough, and I think the teachers did a great job at concealing their inner emotions so that they could be strong for their students and someone that they could rely on.

I know that coming to those teachers when I was struggling really helped me. I owe all my teachers a sincere amount of gratitude for everything that they did this year.

This year was presented with a lot of challenges, and there are some things I encourage the school district to pursue going forward to help make the return to in-person easier next year for everyone.

Most upperclassmen this year got jobs, working on their off days. To support equitable education, I want to see if the school can pursue A/B Day scheduling next year, without the days off.

Students were able to foster real communication in classrooms this second semester with the added class time, and this will greatly support the development of education and in-depth learning and connection to larger themes.

It's easier to learn when the opportunity for questions and discussion is no longer cramped with a lecture and other materials.

Logan Bishop


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Thank you for your well-articulated letter. I hope your suggestions and the ideas of other students who have gone through this difficult year will be heard and considered by the decision-makers.


Excellent. Although I do not understand what A/B scheduling, and other particular suggestions made by the author, I applaud his larger point.

Having been forced by the pandemic to adapt to an unforeseen and unwanted situation, the response to it may have revealed previously unseen and iunmagined opportunities to improve the way we teach our children.

Rather than ignoring the lessons learned during the pandemic, how about the administration and the school board sort the good from the bad and see if there is a possibility of making lemonade out of the lemons?

Scott Mendelson

You are a bright and articulate young man, Logan. You will do great things!

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