The transition between schools is always challenging, but this year’s new sixth-graders and freshmen seem to be taking it in stride, despite some challenges.
Stevie Ryan, a newly minted freshman, explained that “it’s kind of hard with masks, and finding classes, because nobody knows any of the teachers.”
And while she acknowledged that “getting used to the new school” can be a challenge, she believes that “going back to school full time is better.”
Similarly, Ella Montgomery, a new sixth-grader, is finding cause to be hopeful. She said that while “a lot of kids have been struggling with [switching] classes,” for the most part “it’s been going pretty good.”
This year’s sixth graders have had to get used to switching between teachers and classes for the first time. In the past, older students in the Jacobs School have been given some experience switching classes, but because of COVID-19 that was not possible last year.
Ryan is hoping that at some point in the school year, “we can get out of the masks”; she finds they make learning more difficult.
The lifting of the mask requirement is a possibility because the mandate will be revisited on Oct. 1. If an 80 percent or greater vaccination rate in the schools is reached by that date, vaccinated students may not have to wear masks. However, given the evolving situation with the Delta variant of the coronavirus, that outcome is not guaranteed.
When asked what faculty and staff members can do to make the transition easier, Ryan suggested that teachers be “understanding” if freshmen are late to classes at first, as they are still learning their way around the building.
“I hope that they can make this easy on us,” said Ella Montgomery.
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