By: Nathan Tolson
With the emergence of COVID-19, more and more schools have been forced to address the disease by formulating new schedules and guidelines to protect the safety and health of students. One of the most popular schedules that schools have come up with is the hybrid schedule. The hybrid schedule combines in-person learning with online learning. It reduces the amount of students in in-person school by moving part of the learning online. So, we asked some students about their thoughts on the hybrid schedule and this is how they responded.
First and foremost we asked Sarah Moody, a 10th grader, about her thoughts and experiences on the hybrid schedule. We first asked what her experience with the hybrid schedule has been like and she said that it has been alright, but that she doesn’t feel like she learns and retains as much as much as she used too.
When asked about her social life during the hybrid schedule, Sarah said that she can sometimes maintain a good social life. She added that she enjoys seeing her friends, but that it can be challenging because she isn’t able to see some of her friends due to having different assigned days to go to school in-person.
And lastly, when asked what she likes and dislikes about the hybrid schedule she replied that she likes going back to school again and the flexibility of the schedule in which she can finish her incomplete work. She said doesn’t like that she doesn’t feel like she is learning as much and that some teachers won’t respond in a timely manner.
Then we interviewed Patrick Thomas, another 10th grader, about his thoughts and experiences on the hybrid schedule. When asked what his experience has been like on the schedule, Patrick said that the hybrid schedule has been “challenging” for him as a student.
When asked about his social life on the hybrid schedule, he said that he has a good social life even though he is socially distanced from his friends and classmates.
And when asked about his likes and dislikes of the hybrid schedule, he said he enjoys having two days out of school because he doesn’t have to wake up as early in the day. Patrick added he does not like that he doesn’t have enough instruction time when he goes in-person and that he feels like he starts something new in all of his classes on the daily.
We lastly asked Rileyann Simone, a 10th grader, about her thoughts and experiences on the hybrid schedule. We asked what her experience has been like and she replied that it has been alright, although she feels like she can’t complete much work on hybrid.
We asked Rileyann what her social life has been like on the hybrid schedule and she replied that it hasn’t been very good. She added that most of her friends have different assigned days to go to school so she is not able to talk to them as much as she would like.
Rileyann said she likes the hybrid schedule for the fact that she doesn’t always have go to school in-person. Rileyann said what she dislikes about the hybrid schedule is not being able to see her friends during the week and that it is somewhat harder for her to learn because she needs to be in person to fully grasp what her teachers are teaching.
Sarah, Patrick, and Rileyann all said they would prefer to have an all in-person schedule. However, it is important to acknowledge that the hybrid schedule is here to stay because it is safer for all students, at least until COVID-19 is less prominent.
Thanks to Sarah, Patrick, and Rileyann for being great interviewees.