Nearly six months ago, the Hull School Committee faced a difficult choice: whether or not to start the year in a fully remote model. By a 4-1 vote, the committee members made a brave decision. We need to remember that bravery, and its impact, when weighing future decisions.
The learning model vote in August came after hours of deliberation and was nerve-wracking to watch. Most agree now that it was the right decision, but then? Not everybody was sure.
Many School Committee members voted to start hybrid grudgingly. The Hull Teachers Association wanted to start in a remote model. It was a hard decision, as people worried about the safety of starting in-person but also about students having the best school experience.
That certainly was not the last difficult decision the committee had to make. The members have had to tackle whether or not to allow winter sports to resume, an issue with much student support, and had a serious discussion about returning students to school four days a week at their last meeting. They are likely to discuss the latter at their next meeting.
We all understand how high the stakes are. There are times when the committee has to decide between the right choice and the easy one.
Let’s remember the bravery of that August vote and use it to influence our decisions in the future. Let’s remember that the right choice is sometimes the more difficult one. Taking risks when it comes to our school system can be scary, but let’s remember how taken in August paid off.
For those interested in attending a School Committee meeting, you can find more information at https://www.hullpublicschools.org/district/school-committee Public opinions are welcome.
Victoria Dolan is school correspondent for The Hull Times.