PARKLAND, FL- As a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, I was deeply upset to find out our Wednesday class had been canceled because our English teacher has “chosen” to retire. The English teacher, who was loved by every student she taught, had been teaching virtually since the first day of school until that was no longer an option. 

Now that teachers are being required to teach in person, many have been forced to retire or take a leave of absence due to health risks during the pandemic. We as students are seeing the change. Our classes are now being taught by other teachers, who most of us have never met and do not know, and will now be disrupting our previous lesson plans. As someone who is preparing to take the SAT, it is upsetting to find out that we are now thrown into a completely different curriculum, and might not be fully prepared. This is not the new teachers’ fault of course, as some of them don't even have access to our canvas modules and pinnacle yet. I have had classmates texting me, confused as to what exactly is happening; I'm unable to answer as I have no knowledge of what the rest of the year will be like. 

This is unjust to both the teachers (who might not have been ready to retire) and to the students who will now lose a crucial aspect of their education. Is the school board aware of the consequences they have caused?


Hailey Jacobsen is an 11th grade student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.