Students Choose Distance or Hybrid Learning for the Second Semester

An empty Woodgrove hallway, lonely without students.

An empty Woodgrove hallway, lonely without students.

Written by Rachel Schneeberg, Robbie Showers, and Mason Vacca

As the school year moves closer towards the second semester, Woodgrove High School students and their parents were faced with the question: hybrid or distance learning? Hybrid learners will spend two days of the school week in person at Woodgrove, while distance learners will finish the school year online. One thing is for sure, going back to school will be very different from the way it was before. 

On November 16th, Principal Sam Shipp held a virtual meeting regarding plans for hybrid learning at Woodgrove, which will begin on January 21st, pending health metrics. Shipp explained the details of how school will look different, saying, Masks and social distancing are required and will be enforced, especially in hallways.” Shipp also said the cafeteria tables have been replaced with desks, and classroom desks will be spaced eight feet apart. These precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of students and staff returning to school.

The decision of staying with distance learning or switching to hybrid is a tough choice for many students. A big factor that goes into this decision is how each specific student likes to learn. Some students find that without the distractions of peers, they can focus more on their education. For others, it is the complete opposite; they need a physical and social environment to learn. On November 16th, students and their parents were asked to submit a survey indicating whether or not they will be participating in hybrid or distance learning.

“Distance learning has decreased my motivation and work ethic, as well as making school more stressful because I am not learning as much as I was in person,” says Kyra Jones, a tenth grader. Kyra chose hybrid learning in hope of gaining back some normality. 

Junior Axel Oviedo chose distance learning because his family is at high risk for Covid-19. “ I am planning on doing distance because I feel like it’s safer for my family and me. Not many people take care of themselves or care about others’ health,” Axel said. 

The uncontrollable spread of the disease has left an impact on society, especially education.  Ultimately, hybrid or distance learning in the second semester is a complex, personal choice.