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Students 'tired, anxious and stressed' due to virtual learning, ask for help

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Posted at 11:00 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 16:33:56-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — Exhausted, stressed and on the verge of a mental breakdown.

That's how one student describes her experience with virtual learning this fall semester and she said she's not alone.

Kyla Wilson, who is a sophomore at Eastern Technical High School, said the school year has been overwhelming and that she's struggling with virtual learning.

“I’m usually very happy bubbly person, but I'm isolating myself more trying to get all of this work done," Wilson said. "It's taking a toll."

She said she's on the computer doing her coursework for nearly seven hours a school day. Wilson said that doesn't even include the time when she's up until midnight trying to finish some assignments.

“It’s already stressful from the moment I wake up," she said.

Students at Eastern Tech, which is a college prep school, attend four classes, four days a week. On Wednesdays, Wilson said students have asynchronous learning.

She also said her and her classmates are doing more work than when they were physically in the classroom and she feels they don't have enough time to do it.

“I usually take a break, but then you go right back to doing school on a screen for home work, extra research and mentally I’m not in the best state," she said.

Recently, Wilson said one of her teachers asked the entire class about their experiences with virtual learning. The responses were telling.