Teachers already looking forward to the next school year on the last day

Teachers are packing up their classrooms on the last day of school. (WJHG/WECP)
Teachers are packing up their classrooms on the last day of school. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 27, 2020 at 5:27 PM CDT
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Josh Laatsch has been teaching high school for two years.

Walking into a classroom without students, is now an all too familiar site.

"It's been really sad walking into an empty gym, walking into an empty classroom and there's no students, because that's what makes this place," said Laatsch.

The 2019-2020 year is unlike anything teachers and students could have imagined.

"Life threw a curve ball at us and after spring break you're not seeing your kids again. You know I teach 180 kids and I didn't see one single one," said Laatsch.

That curve ball is showing teachers there's one school lesson that can't be taught through a screen.

"Something I've learned throughout this experience is you know a lot of these kids are struggling. You know? And they're stuck with having to do online schooling and not having that interaction face-to-face and that's a big part of life, that face-to-face interaction," said Laatsch.

He tells us he's hoping the empty seats fill up with smiling faces for next year.

If that's not the case, teachers are training to use a computer program called Canvas.

"You know if there is something like a pandemic or for future occurrences, we're all going to be trained in helping kids go through Canvas and use one platform," said Laatsch.

Even if school is back to normal in August, Laatsch says Canvas can help kids stay up to date if the have to miss school for any other reasons.

More than anything, Laatsch is ready to walk into the new school year having lessons learned and students are their desks.

"Kids back in the classroom is a must. Like I said, I think we're built for relationships, I think having that face-to-face interaction... there's no alternative to that," said Laatsch.

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