EUGENE, Ore. -- Distance Learning for All launched across public schools in Oregon on Monday.
For many public schools, including those in Eugene and Springfield, this was something brand new for students to get accustomed to.
But for Marist High School, distance learning has been a tool in their back pocket for the past five years. With schools closed through the rest of the school year, Marist has ramped up their distance learning capabilities to keep students learning during the pandemic.
"Not a lot of people are necessarily enjoying it, but I can tell the school is working really hard to keep the curriculum going while caring about our health too," said Matthew Solomon, a Marist junior.
However, he said he wishes they could assign school work at 8 a.m. with a midnight deadline rather than rely on a bell schedule, something that was typical with distance learning before the pandemic.
"It's all about how can you get focused," said Solomon. "It's way harder to get focused at home."
The Eugene Family YMCA's child care program is also working to facilitate learning at Meadow View and Holt Elementary.
"We've encouraged them to bring in their iPads, chromebooks, whatever it is they need to be able to get on those Zoom calls and get their work done," said youth development site coordinator Maritza Ruiz.
Because the YMCA isn't a school, it's the child's responsiblity to finish, but they are integrating time for school into their program.
"It's a transition for sure, but we're doing it together," said Ruiz.
Solomon has tips for those just getting started distance learning.
"Just stay on top of it because you might say oh I'll just do it tomorrow, but tomorrow's not going to happen."