By Andrew Martinez Cabrera
Graphic By Rin Boegel
On March 13th, 2020, it was decided by the Acalanes Governing Board that AUHSD schools were to be shut down. Since then, students went through a quarantine and a state-wide shutdown, finishing the rest of our last school year online and starting the 2020-2021 school year via Zoom. During that time, students and teachers pondered when we would be back in a regular, in-person school environment. But in an email sent out by Tiffany Benson on March 14, 2021, Las Lomas officially announced that the school was “launching… our Hybrid schedule and in-person learning beginning on Tuesday, March 16!”
The announcement followed multiple emails sent from our school and the district, which speculated a transition from online learning to the Hybrid schedule, and for weeks students and teachers were trying to figure out whether the news was true or not.
“So much information is sent to us that it’s hard to keep track of,” said Nathan Walker, a Las Lomas junior who is opting to stay in distance learning. Walker continued to emphasize his frustration and said, “I’ve been able to manage it, but I wish the district would send fewer and more concise emails instead of sending us an essay every other day. Most of the emails sent could be summed up in a few sentences.” Walker also noticed he wasn’t alone in his thoughts. “I’ve definitely noticed confusion and conflicting directions from teachers, and I’m sure this stresses them out just as much as it does us.”
Students were sent a survey, early on, which asked if they were returning to school or would stay in distant learning, and a second survey was sent out to the parents to officially decide if their children would go back or not. Walker noted, “Some of my friends are being forced to go back by their parents, some want to go back, but most are staying remote.” Andrea Negrete Fregozo, a sophomore at Las Lomas who is also staying at home said, “A good majority of my friends are going back.” However, the deciding factor of her staying at home was the fact that she has to take care of her brother when her parents are working.
The success and efficiency of Hybrid is something only time will tell. Though, Fregozo holds an optimistic view of this Hybrid outcome: “Once everyone starts to get the hang of it…I’m sure everything will work out in the end.”