Crosstown Returns In-Person!On February 15, 2021 by Julia Weber
If you are a Crosstown High student, parent, or teacher, you’ve probably already heard about Crosstown’s decision to bring students back in person on March 22. The school intends to bring back only 25% of its students, meaning that there should be less risk. Ninth graders will attend class two days per week, while Tenth and Eleventh graders will only go once. There is no final plan as of the time I’m writing this, but Crosstown initially intends to have kids only in their advisory class each day. Presently, each kid will still use their devices to log on to zoom, however, they will be in their advisory classes at the same time.
There have been mixed reactions to the latest developments regarding in-person classes, ranging from gleeful delight to disappointment. I, personally won’t be attending school in person until I receive a vaccine, however, I’m sure some people will jump at the opportunity to return to class. Depending on who you are and what your current situation is, this may look different for you. Perhaps you have a person of high risk living in your house, so you can’t afford the risk that comes from being inside all day with relative strangers. Perhaps you simply can not absorb any information that you are learning on zoom, so it is imperative that you come back. Whatever your situation is, don’t sweat it; Crosstown is allowing each family to make the decision for themselves and isn’t forcing anyone into anything they’re uncomfortable with.
It’s not just Crosstown that has decided to return to in-person class – schools all over the country have announced their plans for reopening in the near future. The COVID-19 cases have been dropping all over the country, and this is cause for many to celebrate. It remains to be seen if there will be another spike after the super bowl, but for now, cases are down, and it is up to us to keep them that way.
As I have written about in a previous article, schools should be among the first things to reopen, and now they are. We need to close non-essential businesses, like gyms and restaurants, and focus on education. It has been almost an entire year since school went virtual, and by the time students are set to return, it will be more than a year. It has been a crazy time for all of us, and this feels like the first step towards normalcy. As long as you continue to treat this pandemic like the real threat that it is, we can soon remember it as only a bad chapter of our lives. Until then, stay safe and be careful.