Students have mixed opinions about returning to in-person learning New hybrid schedule will take place starting on Mar. 15

Students and teachers prepare to go back to school following spring break. Although many technical details seem to be out of place, CCSD is trying their best to help students and parents understand the new schedule. “I am excited to be able to return to in person learning,” sophomore Hai Tong said. “I didn’t hate online school but returning to see my friends and to a social environment will be great.” Photo credit: Southwest Career and Technical Academy

Students were sent an email during the week explaining the specific cohort they were placed in as well as the schedule. 

This comes after the announcement that grades 6, 9, and 12 would return on March 22, while grades 7 through 11 would return on April 6. 

“Honestly, I am not really a fan of going back to school this year,” sophomore Rayan El Jaouhari said. “Since we have done the whole year online, it doesn’t make sense to go back now, especially considering the fact that I’ve settled into online school pretty well.”

Depending on the specific cohort, students will attend school on Monday and Tuesday, while the rest of the week remains virtual with Wednesday dedicated to asynchronous learning after four short 20-minute periods. 

“I personally do like the schedule and the options we have as a sophomore,” sophomore Aiden Duval said. “I’m glad that I have a choice to go back to school or have a choice to stay and do virtual school and it fits everyone’s needs and opinions.”

With students returning back to campus, CCSD has implemented many safety protocols to protect students and faculty, such as social distancing and wearing a mask at all times. However, even with the protocols, there have been newly reported cases just in the first week. 

“I definitely prefer in person so that I can make better connections with my students,” Counselor Janelle Ann Kelly said. “I do think this will be another transition to do in-person hybrid learning, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

Many students are very excited about going back to school to see their friends and resume in-person learning.

“I will be going back this year to resume my junior year,” Junior Tyson Tabura said. “I’m very excited to see my friends again and feel like I will learn easier in an in person-environment.” 

While many students have expressed their excitement, others are not prepared to change their routine and go back in in-person. 

“I understand why the school district made the decision to go back to school. The mental health of dozens of students has been depleting,” senior Chastine Tran said. “I  personally won’t be going back because I’ve already established a routine that I’m accustomed to and I live far from the school so it would be an impediment on my family.”

Many students and teachers are also finding the change in schedule a headache. Teachers have expressed their concerns over having to change their lesson plans to be better suited for in-person learning. 

“I feel slightly overwhelmed just because of the suddenness,” English 10 Teacher Cathy Sabol said. “I need to take a look at how I can re-plan for a 105-minute lesson for two  classes and a 30-minute lesson for the other two classes and I’m not a fan of that.”