MEDFORD, Ore. — Teachers lined the sidewalks as students returned to class. However, some students arrived with low expectations before the day even began.
“I was expecting the worst, and it turned out exactly how I’d expected,” said South Medford Junior Pascal Brasseur.
Brasseur described the first day back to school as “hectic” and “unorganized.” When he arrived at school around 8:30 Tuesday morning he was given a slip of paper with his class schedule. However, it only listed the core classes — none of his advanced placement courses.
“You just went to a class… it could have been any English class… it didn’t matter… they just sent you to a class,” said Brasseur.
While some classes only had a few students, others were filled to maximum capacity. This left students overflowing into the hall ways with nowhere to go.
“Some classes I saw students sitting on the floor… sitting on side counters because there wasn’t seats,” said Brasseur.
When asked — the Medford School District admitted to classroom overcrowding, and said more students showed up than expected.
“We will adjust because we do that in our regular program… we will shift substitutes where we need them and we will work to rebalance classes if some of them are large today,” said Medford School District Superintendent, Dr. Phil Long.
The school district said it did run into trouble when a couple of substitutes did not show up this morning. Brasseur experienced this first-hand.
“I waited outside of a class for 15 minutes that a sub never showed up to,” said Brasseur.
Finally a district official rerouted Brasseur to another class where he was handed a homework packet, that he said was completely pointless.
“They are handing out packets saying do them and that’s it,” he said. “They don’t check to make sure.. they just hand it and say do it.”
When asked if he would return to school the next day, Brasseur said he could learn better teaching himself, and did not plan on returning.
“I won’t… I honestly probably won’t,” he said. “There’s no point.”