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Teachers react to statewide school closure for 2019-2020 academic year

Posted at 11:17 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 23:17:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Online learning has become the new norm for the last month and a half. It will stay that way for the rest of the year after the update that schools will stay closed statewide. While teachers would prefer to be in the classroom with their students, the direction gives them some sense of clarity.

“You’d have to resist this every two weeks,” Lancaster government teacher John Abraham Jr. said. “So in that aspect, it’s good to see as teachers and know what the end of our school year is going to look like.”

That knowledge and that adjustment won’t give the Class of 2020 their spring sports, their prom, or a typical graduation. But teachers have seen remote learning open an unprecedented door for their students.

“They’ve opted to a actually pick up some extra jobs. There’s kids now who are working during. The normal school day and doing their homework later at night,” Kenmore West social studies teacher Peter Stuhlmiller said. “I think in the process, they’re gaining a level of maturity that most peers their age never had.”

Abraham, Stuhlmiller, and teachers all over Western New York will have to change their lesson plans accordingly for the rest of the academic year. You can read more about the statewide closure announced Friday here.