Back to Full-Time - COVID-19 Edition
From the second we all left school in March of 2020, nobody knew what to expect in the near future. Michigan was put on lockdown. We were, and still are, in a state of emergency. However, now we are back in school. After being in quarantine for almost 5 to 6 months, we are back and ready to learn--with a couple of very specific changes.
The Schedule. We started the year off hybrid style, only attending school 2-3 times a week. This lasted about 3-4 weeks, and then we proceeded to move into a block schedule. I talked with Principal Mike Gilchrist about this change and the thought process went into making this change. He shared, “Student safety is paramount to everything. We started in hybrid because we wanted to ease students back into school, wearing masks, learning Zoom, preparing for remote. In the end, school safety was first and foremost in the thought process in going back to school.”
The masks. In regards to being at school all day long, lunch becomes an issue of interest due to the need of social distancing. Mr. Gilchrist also said, “We encourage our students to eat outside for lunch on nice days, and for teachers to take their students outside for class and mask breaks when they are able to do so.” Most students have said that they enjoy eating outside, as well as the teachers supplying multiple mask breaks throughout the duration of the class.