Benedictine has changed in order to address the issues and new challenges presented to schools by Covid-19. The school has made changes like mandatory masks, sanitizing rooms, and more. One of the aspects of Benedioctine that has undergone the most change is the computer rooms.
Before computers could be used by students after eating lunch to play games or mess around online. Now the computers can't be used by students unless they have expressed permission to do so. Computers have to be completely wiped down before use. Computers can no longer be used for games, only to do work required by other classes.
The computer lab only has three teacher who have scheduled classes in it: Dr. Suhr, Mr. Williamson and Mr. Forster (who has four classes in it). The computers are mainly used by Photojournalism and Journalism classes to work on layouts, photo editing, and writing articles. Beyond that the computers are rarely used by students other than students of the aforementioned teachers. Occasionally a student will come in and use the computers for printing purposes, and that is it.
"It's peaceful," said Josh Davis '23, "I can get a lot of work done, and if I have to finish an assignment online I can do it."
The computer lab is very different from last year post Covid-19. The room still keeps its more calm and quiet work environment however. Students under Mr. Forster enjoy the room and the ability to use computers and have a place of quiet to do work after finishing Mr. Forster's work. The computer access is enjoyed and Mr. Forster's students agree that to get that privilege taken away would not be fun for anyone.