Breaking News: WRA Goes Online

 Breaking News: WRA Goes Online

 Isabella Folio ’22
Managing Editor

No one can claim to be ignorant of the coronavirus any longer; it impacts everyone. Near the beginning of 2020, Western Reserve Academy students were suddenly forced online. Though the school originally planned distance learning to last two weeks, the hiatus was quickly extended until students were forced to finish the school year from afar. Combined with summer vacation, students could not return to WRA for almost five months. As Elie Aoun ’21 explains: “It was nice in the first few weeks being able to sleep in and do classes on my couch, but it quickly became boring and I missed being on campus.” 

When students and faculty alike discovered they would be returning to WRA in person for the 2020-21 school year, many were ecstatic. After months of isolation, the boarding school life would allow students an opportunity many other schools had been denied: in person learning. Against all odds, WRA managed to stay open for over two months. Then, on October 22nd, everything changed. An email was sent to the student body and their guardians detailing the school’s move to distance learning for the two and a half weeks in between Thanksgiving and winter break. 

Though distance learning will be temporary, there have been strong mixed reactions to this decision. Some students feel cheated by the move to online, and are concerned about how an online format will affect their ability to learn. Many also are disappointed to miss out on sports and extracurricular activities, as well as seeing their friends. However, other students are understanding, even appreciative of the switch to online learning. Ellen Cabin ’24 added, “I don’t want to leave, but I think it’s the smartest thing.” WRA is taking initiative. The time between the breaks is hardly long enough to quarantine. Additionally, a large portion of the student population will be traveling abroad, increasing the chances of being exposed to the virus.

Indeed, this news has shaken the world of the WRA community. Regardless of one’s opinion, everyone’s feelings can be summed up by this heartfelt comment by Ms. Sizemore: “I’m going to miss all my students.”

Stay strong, WRA!

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