All students at Hull High School returned to school five days a week starting Monday, April 26, and guidance counselors as well as student leaders reported that, at least so far, the experience has been a good one.
This was the first time all students at the high school, middle school, and elementary school were attending in-person classes five days a week since Hull Public Schools first went remote last March.
“I felt like it was refreshing to see everyone back,” said HHS guidance counselor Michelle Burke. “I feel like most people seem kind of happy to be back.”
Meghan Preble, the school’s other guidance counselor, said that “it’s a good way to end the year because, going into summer, it feels like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
According to Burke and Preble, there have been no major issues and students themselves seem excited to be back.
“There’s always the feeling ‘I wish I could sleep in,’ but in the long run everyone really needed this,” Preble said of the return.
“Some kids, even if they’re not outwardly excited, they still know it’s a good change because it’s better for them,” Burke said.
She acknowledged that students are “having to readjust their routine, but kids always do that really quick.”
Ben Olivieri, the HHS senior class president, admitted that “being back five days a week right now is definitely hard to get back used to.” But, he added, “being back with everybody five days a week is awesome.”
Sophomore class president Sasha Green said, “It’s nice being in class with all my friends again, and, for me at least, it’s easier to learn things. But I will miss being able to sleep in more and not having to leave my house for school.”
Student body president Nolan Tiani explained the advantages and disadvantages of the return. “The pros are getting to see your friends and getting the social aspect of school back,” he said. On the other hand, “you don’t get that break when you get to stay home in the middle of the week. And generally, things are more crowded.”
Victoria Dolan is school correspondent for The Hull Times.