Notre Dame Prep has introduced a new hybrid schedule this week for on-campus learning because of new COVID-19 guidelines. The new hybrid schedule will split houses 50/50 to limit the number of students on campus. The new protocols include a new ID system, social distancing in the classroom, and temperature checks before school. The protocols for at home learning will be the same as before, but will include more interaction with the in-class students.
The principal of NDP and one of the creators of the hybrid schedule, Jill Platt, shared some thoughts about the hybrid phase: “We worked all summer to find a way to allow students to be on campus one way or another. The Hybrid schedule allows us to do this by splitting the student population in half. I would much rather have everyone on campus, but it is wonderful being able to see the faces of students on campus and feel the hum of campus alive again.”Many students and faculty can agree that this isn’t the best option, but it is better than the original online schedule. Platt also said, “ I think the hardest part is keeping everyone distanced and safe. I know how much everyone misses being with their friends and wants to be with them, but it is still very important that we follow protocol so that we can remain on campus and continue doing what we are doing” said Platt. This is great insight on what students feel, and many can agree with the fact that distancing may be difficult when wanting to talk with friends.
A student, Alex Matura, was also interviewed on the topic. He stated, “I know this isn’t the best option, but I know it’s something we have to do”. He provided some great insight as to what this hybrid is because he was on campus monday and tuesday. He also said, “The hybrid schedule is a little weird, but we’re all just going to have to get used to it”. Matura believes this is a weird way to start, but it is the best option, and many other students and staff agree.
David Lamb, a history teacher at Notre Dame shared some interesting thoughts about the hybrid schedule. “My feelings are very mixed,” said Lamb. This can be attributed to the fact that some students are off task and harder to connect with when they are online. Lamb also said, “they can text, play on their phones, or take a nap when they’re at home” to the question of why the hybrid may not work. Mr. Lamb also shared that he is very happy to see students on campus and looks forward to the day when we can all be together again.
In conclusion, this hybrid may be unusual, but it is what is needed for this time and that is backed up by Principal Jill Platt, student Alex Matura, and teacher David Lamb.