Online school has provided valuable lessons

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Meadowlark Elementary School teacher John Arthur interacting with his students on Zoom, in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

2020 was nothing short of crazy, and with  the new year nothing has really changed. With the rise of COVID-19 early last year, many schools and school districts had to decide whether kids should still be learning in-person or from home.

Even now I am thankful Salt Lake City School District has kept all students online instead of being in the classroom. Not only am I a part of a family that has many high-risk members, but I have personally benefited from the online learning experience. Being a student-athlete, I have suffered from many concussions, which has made it hard to go into school.

With the shift to online learning, I have benefited from being at home with fewer distractions. Besides that, I have learned many valuable lessons from online school. I have been able to gain a perspective and learn more skills that will be more valuable as I head into college. I learned the importance of communicating with other students, and especially my teachers. Even though online learning has its drawbacks, I believe keeping us at home has helped keep everyone safe, while being able to earn an education.

Emma Keith, Salt Lake City

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