As summer is winding down with less than a month left until school starts back up, plans about the next school year are being released. In a survey done by Greeley-Evans School District, 2,432 parents (out of the sampled 3,722) wish for their children to return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year. For those who don’t feel comfortable or have health concerns, the district is offering complete remote learning.
Students are looking forward more than ever to returning back to school, after being out of in-person learning since early March. One of these students is Abby Aurzada, a rising senior at University Schools.
Abby lost her track season last spring, in which she pole vaults. This is one of her favorite things about school, so the loss of this season was very disappointing for her. Last spring, the typical online experience for high schools in District 6 was a mix of individual work and online meetings through platforms such as Zoom or Google Meets. Online learning occurred through most of the stay-at-home order. With less interaction with other students and teachers, students were finding it hard to stay engaged. “I had a hard time remembering all of my assignments and class times,” Aurzada says, and this was a common theme for other students as well.
Something that many students have missed with online learning is the opportunity to see their friends and other family members. While school is about learning, students also rely on the social interactions with each other to make their experiences more enjoyable. Abby is excited to “see all my friends again! We haven’t been in school together since last spring.”
Most of all, our rising seniors are especially wanting to go back to in person learning. It’s their last chance to see their friends and do all the activities they wanted, which is what the previous class of 2020 missed out on last spring. Abby will be the Student Body President for University Schools this coming year, in which the Coronavirus creates a new challenge for her to balance what the student body wants while also keeping everyone safe. “I want the best for everyone, and I know everyone misses their sense of normalcy. I’m hoping to give the student body as much of their routine back as possible.”
Students will be needing masks in order to return to in-person learning. The Success Foundation is currently trying to raise $30,000 to buy 13,000 adult masks and are relying on the community to make the other 7,000 child sized masks by July 28th.