McNick students share outlook on 2020-2021 school year

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, McNick students are facing many changes to the typical high school experience this school year.  These changes include adding a 4×4 block schedule, wearing masks except when students are eating, moving through one way hallways during class changes, and reporting to C.R.E.W. before school instead of gathering in the cafe.  However, despite the unusual circumstances, many students are still coming into this school year with high expectations.

After being away from classmates since March, many students expressed in a survey done by the Milestone that one of their goals for the year was to become closer with their peers, or to make new friends.

“I am looking forwards to just being with my peers every day because this is my last year with them. Even though we can’t do all of the fun activities, I am just glad that I am here with them,” senior Madison Isaacs said.

Several freshmen are looking forward to meeting new people, as well as all the new experiences that come with high school.

Freshman Sean McManus said he is looking forward to “a fresh start at a new school” and “the opportunity to make new friends.”

Many students worry that classes may return to being online at some point, but they plan to do their best to avoid that by doing their best to follow the rules.

“I am worried that we will go back to online school…I am a social learner and learn best in a classroom and not when I’m home.  I plan to work as hard as I can to stay safe and encourage others to do the same,” sophomore Karly Leibreich said.

“I’m very worried about a Covid-19 outbreak [here], but there is only so much I can do. Each individual has to do their own part, so I’ll try to keep everyone on track,” senior Nick Carter said.

Even though this school year is certain to be different than past school years, students are doing their best to have a positive outlook, and to make the best of the situation.

“I really do appreciate everybody’s efforts.  I know both the faculty and staff, as well as the students, in typical McNick fashion, have risen to the challenge,” Director of Curriculum Dan Rosenbaum said.

Students sit six feet apart during their study hall in the library.  Study halls were automatically incorporated into students’ schedules for the 2020-2021 year due to the move from a traditional 7 bell schedule to a 4×4 block schedule.

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