Q&A — These kids are going back to school online and they aren’t happy about it

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-04-19 06:00

‘I hate online school,’ says kid


The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing in most of Canada, and kids are once again feeling the effects.

Across Ontario, kids are returning from spring break by learning from home today.

Students in Grades 7 to 12 are also going back to online learning in some cities in Alberta.

And in parts of Quebec and Saskatchewan, schools are shut down as well.

We spoke to two kids to find out how they’re feeling about the experience.

Meet the kids

Dyaus Pan

Age: 11

Grade: 5

From: Toronto, Ontario

Kit Clarke

Age: 12

Grade: 7

From: Calgary, Alberta

The following conversations have been edited for clarity and length.

Q: How did you feel when you found out that you wouldn’t be going back to school today?


To be honest, terrible. I hate online school. There are no social interactions, and I would call myself an extrovert, so that kind of sucks. It’s not very productive because lots of people have technical difficulties. Also, you can't learn from your friends because sometimes your friends know something that, like, the teacher or you don't know. And also looking at the screen all day, it hurts my eyes and I get dizzy.


I prefer actual school, where we can hang out with our friends and actually get the support that we need from our teachers if we need it. But it's better than it was last year, because this time we actually have some notice so we can kind of mentally and physically prepare.

A kid skateboards down the street

Dyaus likes to spend time outside skateboarding. (Image submitted by Dyaus Pan)

Q: What’s it like being stuck at home?


I feel like an animal trapped in a cage, I have nothing to do. I don't know. It almost feels like I'm under house arrest. I can't play with my friends.


When we're all alone, isolated and just doing not super fun math stuff, then we won't have anybody to laugh with. So that’s not fun.

Q: Do you take breaks during the day?


In the breaks, my mom and I like exercising because exercising, I think, relieves my mind of all the things going on and it helps me focus.


We've got little five-minute intervals between classes that we can, like, do whatever we want. I go outside during my lunch break, and I also do some of my classes outside when I can.

A girl dances in a park

Kit is a competitive dancer and practises outside to get fresh air. (Image submitted by Kit Clarke)

Q: Is there one thing about COVID-19 that has been positive?


I don't like waking up early. So there's one good thing about online school. I don't have to wake up early to go to school.


There is a lot more time with my family. Before, we had never gone hiking really because we were always so busy. But now we can do more things and spend more time enjoying them without worrying about being somewhere at a specific time.

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