As masking mandates begin to lift in California schools, educators discuss how students have coped emotionally through the pandemic. Teachers discuss students who were stripped of basic social-learning skills and the consequences of isolation as they returned to classrooms.
As summer begins, students prepare for their summer abroad programs. Pepperdine offers a multitude of programs across the globe and encourages students to take advantage of these opportunities to travel and learn.
President Jim Gash updated the community in an April President’s Briefing via Zoom. Gash said the next briefing, in June, will hopefully be held in person.
There is still a lot of COVID-19 virus spreading in the community. Lifting mask mandates is a reckless decision, and a return to requiring masking inside indoor public areas like classrooms is safer from a public health perspective.
The past two years have not been easy, especially for students who have experienced COVID-19 and had to keep with classes. COVID-19 brain fog has been a big part of this as it is making students lose motivation.
Students said they are experiencing all sorts of things and emotions being abroad. Most importantly, they can finally travel outside of their designated countries and having a great time learning about new places and experiencing new things.
As a private university, Pepperdine is under less obligation to reveal institutional information, but that should not be the standard. The University should empower its students and student-journalists in their pursuit of truth.
Students returned to Pepperdine from spring break without a mask mandate, after Pepperdine lifted its mask mandate March 7, following LA County guidance. Students expressed their opinions about the freedom to decide on face coverings.
Elkins classes pose a serious safety threat among students and faculty. Between classes that hold hundreds of people and uncooperative students who refuse to wear masks, it makes someone wonder why Pepperdine is having them at all during a pandemic.
The university’s response plan to the Omicron variant poses significant health and safety risks for faculty members. Following similar policies from neighboring universities could have been beneficial in mitigating the risk of COVID-19.