A look into distance learning schedule changes

In accordance to COVID-19 health guidelines, Walnut High School has committed to 100% online schooling, with various schedule changes to accommodate. From Monday to Thursday, students have three classes from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and teachers hold tutorials after lunch from 1:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. for students to ask any questions and to work on homework. Fridays entail all 30 minute periods with all six classes, and the school day ends at 12:30 p.m.. 

This schedule aims to help students  learn the same amount of curriculum as they would in a typical school year. Students are encouraged to participate during classes and to otherwise act as if they are in school. 

“I miss going to school, but overall it’s a new experience for all of us. We’ll manage,” sophomore Nathaniel Pinpin said. “There’s also a lot of advantages, like having a more fluid schedule and having more independence in classes. Being away from the teachers is a different experience so we’re forced to be more attentive, which will help in the future”.

This schedule change also means that tutorials are optional for all students. However, students are encouraged to go to tutorials to ask questions or if they have any concerns about the class. As an exception, however, some teachers may make tutorials mandatory for personal reasons. There are three tutorial periods for the classes without mandatory class periods. Each tutorial period is open for 25 minutes and there are two minute breaks in between each. 

“In my opinion, having tutorials at the end of the day is a pretty good choice,” sophomore Kevin Tsai said. “It is better at the end of the day because the teachers can answer our questions sooner.”

By Margaret Lee, News editor
Photo courtesy of Walnut High School