They say the third time is the charm, but hopefully for Beaver Area High School it’s the second time that’s the charm.
After the short in-person school experience in November, Beaver Area was forced to return to virtual learning after covid cases rose. Now the Bobcats return to the building once again to give in-person learning another shot (no, not the vaccine shot).
Being cooped up behind a screen all day isn’t anyone’s ideal school day—can’t say being masked behind plastic shields is either. Though the extra precautions are worth it for some students who are just glad to be back.
“I was nervous at first, but also super excited to come back to school! I missed seeing my friends and the social aspect of in-person school. I also was excited to see my teachers again,” exclaimed senior Sydney Cavett.
Junior Owen Anney explained that “socializing in school is much better than being cooped up inside all day doing schoolwork,” and many students agreed with him.
The social aspects of school were definitely missed in the online environment. Due to almost all students staying muted with their cameras off all day, being back in the building is their chance to reconnect with their peers.
Sophomore Jack Ray agreed saying, “I am happy to see everyone, especially my friends, since we are back in school.”
Not much has changed since the brief in-person experience back in November: masks and shields are still required, as well as staying socially distant in the hallways and classrooms as much as possible. Although this might be easier now since many students chose to remain online either out of infection concerns or just because they prefer it.
Because of the nature of the illness, infection risks, and students’ unique situations, the district isn’t requiring students to commit to either online or returning to in-person instruction. Students are free to choose on a day-to-day basis.
“The majority of my classes only have about 70 percent of the students back in the classroom,” said junior Jordan Beck.
While some people may learn better online, freshman Sophia Hahn disagrees and explained how in-person school is better for her.
“I am excited to be back in the building. I think in-person school will have a great effect on my learning experience,” stated Hahn.
Being back in the building brings a much-appreciated sense of normalcy back into students’ lives. Getting back into a school routine after nearly a year online is challenging. Though, that doesn’t bother sophomore Ana Avdellas, who is beaming with excitement to be back.
“I am thrilled to be back in school because it gives my life a sense of normalcy. Things haven’t been normal for a year, so being back in school brings a fraction of our lives back to normal. I love getting back into a routine rather than being home all day in my bed trying to learn. Plus, seeing my friends and teachers again makes school so much more enjoyable,” Avdellas shared.
Remember to wear your mask, put up your shield, and wash your hands!
Welcome back . . . again.