Student representative assails virtual-learning platform

Extracurricular activities, in-person learning, and COVID-19 restrictions are also addressed

Petra Ghaly addresses the Board of Education.
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Petra Ghaly addresses the Board of Education.

The Student Representative for the Bayonne Board of Education has raised concerns from students over the district’s virtual learning platform.

Petra Ghaly, a senior at Bayonne High School, is the newly elected Student Representative. At the board meeting on Sept. 21, she raised two issues. 

Google Classrooms for sure

Ghaly said that students prefer other platforms to the current virtual learning platform, Schoology.

In an Instagram poll among students, Ghaly said that 89 percent preferred Google Classrooms over Schoology.

Ghaly said that she has been getting a lot of messages as to why they would rather use Google Classrooms than Schoology.

Ghaly said that Google Classrooms is free and easy to use and that many students and teachers are familiar with the application. She also said that Google Classrooms can be paired with Google Meets or Zoom to supplement the learning experience.

Returning to the classroom

Ghaly said students are eager to return to classrooms and are wondering when the district will approve in-person learning.

Superintendent of Schools John Niesz reiterated that schools would remain virtual until Nov. 4, at the end of the marking period. A decision will be made at the end of October, per the virtual learning plan adopted by the Board of Education.

Ghaly also raised concerns about extracurricular activities. If sports team have resumed, she asked when arts and other activities will resume.

She also asked for further clarification regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

Niesz said he will be in touch with Ghaly and meet with her further.

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