EHS Remains Remote Through January

Abi Zajac, Opinion Editor

Days bleed together as students are suspended in an abyss of remote learning.

District 7 released their plan for the elementary, middle and high school’s return to learning after winter break. Unlike the elementary and middle school plans, the high school does not have a definite date to return to in-person.

“As District 7 staff members receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the number of new cases in our communities and county continue to decrease, it is the intention to return high school students to five days per week of in-person instruction,” according to an email from District 7.

Seventy-one percent of students think the district made the right decision, according to an Instagram poll.

Some students, however, have concerns with the district’s plan.

Sophomore Rachel Mueller is worried about her standardized testing. Most of her teachers have had to cut approximately 40 percent of their material due to hybrid and remote learning, leaving Mueller worried she won’t be prepared for her Advanced Placement tests.

Similarly, graduating junior Corinne Sleeter fears she will not be able to take the SAT before the end of the semester, which significantly affects her college applications.

It’s not just academics that students feel they are missing. Sporting and social events are absent from first and possibly second semester.

“The freshmen and sophomores don’t know what high school is really like,” senior Calvin Soldan said.

Soldan is hopeful for a return to normal by the end of the semester so he may see a few more wrestling matches or football games before he graduates.

Even though Soldan, Mueller and Sleeter think staying remote is the safest choice for now; they found a hybrid schedule easier to manage than being fully remote.

“Zooms are super draining on my social battery so I think remote has been a lot more tiring for me,” Mueller said. “There is no real set change of school time to home time so it has kind of made the days bleed together.”