Of course the kids miss in-person connection with friends and teachers.
Right now, however, that's not possible. Even if they were to get back
into the classroom, safe separation and wearing masks would be required
(and so hard to monitor and regulate). At least they can see their
teachers and classmates when online, so it's a (safe) trade-off.
The teachers communicate regularly about changes in technology access, daily/weekly lesson plans and expectations, where to get and send in assignments, and ways to ask questions and clarify instructions. (Yes, there are apps for all those things.) The amount of work that has gone into making this new way of teaching/learning work, is incredible. As a former high school teacher, I so appreciate that the teachers' workloads have increased beyond all reason.
I cannot praise these educators highly enough. Such remarkable work, all in the cause of giving our children quality education during this historic time.
We'll all get through this and come out the other end with learning, adaptability and technology skills we didn't have before. All of it will stand us in good stead for the future once we can get back to real brick-and-mortar school.
And most of it is thanks to our virtual-but-real teachers. Thank you!