Article By: Spencer Page
As we return to classes at Santa Rosa High School there are many changes from the last time that we were learning. Some of the obvious changes are that we are online and only have school a mere four days a week instead of the usual five. Another major change to learning this year is the amount of kids in classes.
This year at Santa Rosa High School, we are seeing a record high of students in each class. The one and only AP Gov class has 46 people. While many other classes also exceed 40 kids, which is far more than the usual 30 kids per class. Now, you may wonder why classes have so many kids and the answer to that is poor planning.
For example, well over 50 kids signed up for AP Government this year, and instead of creating two separate classes, our school decided to block kids from challenging themselves and created one class that is far too big to allow for proper and effective learning.
Another problem with these class sizes is that if we do end up returning to school this year, the whole class schedule will have to be mixed up again. There is no way we would be able to fit 40 plus kids in a classroom even if we weren’t amidst a global pandemic. As of now, it is certainly impossible to have that many kids in a classroom while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Another problem with this current schedule is that kids taking unique classes, meaning that they are only happening during one period, suffer. Take Katie Simpson, a senior this year who has been in choir for the last three years. Due to her taking the third period class of AP Statistics, she can’t take Concert Choir for her senior year, a class which is also during 3rd period.
When asked about the issue Simpson responded, “I was super bummed when I saw that I couldn’t finish my senior year off taking choir. I have spent three years with some of these guys and wanted to finish it off right.”
Fixing these scheduling issues will be difficult, and they will have to be fixed if we go back to school in any capacity, but hopefully for the well being of the students, class sizes can be reduced and hopefully kids can be put into the classes that they signed up for.