While the weather may have been gloomy for the first day of school, students and staff members certainly were not. The halls at Hull High School are full and noisy again, and things are back to normal. Kind of. …
Despite our hopes, COVID-19 is still a part of the academic experience. Bathrooms remain limited to two people at a time. Sanitation and cleaning protocols are less rigorous but still noticeable. Students are encouraged to stay home when sick, and stories of embarrassing “you’re not on mute” instances from last year are popular.
And, for now, we’re still wearing masks. There are lots of instances where we repeat ourselves – “Sorry, couldn’t hear you; it’s the mask” – and quite a few students have almost forgotten their masks before boarding the bus. “Maskne” is a common complaint.
But our masks may not remain a problem. If the school hits an 80 percent vaccination rate by Oct. 1, the mask mandate will be re-evaluated. It may not be a given – after all, nothing is these days – but it’s a goal to reach for.
Another sign of a (somewhat) return to normal? Class Cup, where grades compete against each other in a variety of challenges to win points, is back. Past challenges have included contests like getting the most people to come to homecoming from your grade.
And, it seems like freshmen this year will have a much more normal start to their high school experience. They will be in school five days a week, every week, and will not have to worry about whether or not they’re in the same cohort as their friends.
Last year, Hull High School’s new mantra was “Pirates Protect Each Other.” This year, it’s “Pirates Persevere.”
And we will persevere.
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