High school returning to hybrid learning on Dec. 8


photo courtesy of Tess Mendelson

Junior Avital Friedman gets tested for Covid-19.

Sasha Karasik, Reporter

On Dec. 8, the high school will be reopening as hybrid learning will begin. Teachers and students will be coming back to campus, and everyone will be adapting to this completely new experience. The current CESJDS hybrid learning plan will bring people back on campus two days a week, every other week. The rest of the learning will continue online, as it has been since the beginning of March.

While going back to school in person means seeing friends and faculty, it also includes waking up early, getting dressed each day and having significantly less free time between classes. Even though some people see those aspects of school as inconvenient, others still miss them. 

“I miss having a schedule routine,” junior Joe Baer said. “To me, school it’s almost like an option so sleeping in is something that’s always on my mind, but if I get in real school, I have to go somewhere physically.” 

Baer is so tired of quarantine that he is willing to do the absolute most to go back to the building.

“I’d wear a whole hazmat suit,” Baer said. “I can’t take it anymore. I really want to go back to school.”

However, others tend to look on the brighter side of things when it comes to learning virtually.

“Online school is not bad,” freshman Noah Sher said. “It’s kind of nice being able to wake up later. I feel like the workload is less with online school.”

But with having school online, people lose a lot of their social interactions, since many students depend on school as a way to hang out and see their friends. 

Sher said that he has only seen friends outside of school three times since the pandemic first hit, which took place over half a year ago. Additionally, some educators believe that online school performs poorly when it comes to helping each student’s specific needs. 

“I think students who advocate for themselves and ask questions and participate in lessons are being served really well, and I think that’s often kids who are either really strong in school and it’s easy for them, or kids who really struggle in school and recognize they struggle and are willing to get help,” Math Department Chair Reuben Silberman said.

Silberman also worries about the students who are “between those two extremes,” who aren’t necessarily doing poorly, but would be engaging better if they were in the building, physically seeing the teachers. 

Online school has its ups and downs, but parents, students and faculty will have to see how this new way of in-person learning goes in order to judge it properly.

“I’m going to be happy to see students somewhat, so I think I’m excited about that,” Silberman said. “I’m also nervous about how it’s all going to go.”