With this month marking the anniversary of nationwide pandemic-forced closures, Los Angeles County has just recently transitioned from the purple tier into the red, leading to a less restrictive set of guidelines for a multitude of establishments. Among those clambering to implement new reopening protocols is Diamond Bar High School, where students will be able to choose from three plans starting April 19.
Whether it be those struggling academically or the seniors robbed of their grad year, the options DBHS has proposed cater to the needs of all students, all while prioritizing each individual’s safety and success.
An amalgam of ideas from other districts, DBHS’ reopening tactic differs from every other model. Aimed at maintaining consistency in routine and academic rigor, the new plan will allow students to continue attending classes over Zoom from home during the standard 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. schedule. However, the tutorial block will now be hosted in-person four times a week.
Serving as an opportunity to come on campus, students may utilize the 1:10-2:30 p.m. period as a time to work on assignments in a classroom setting, receive help from teachers and see friends. As a student who finds it difficult to build rapport with teachers virtually, I would definitely attend such sessions.
In addition, enrollment for in-class virtual learning is another available option. In this option, students will attend their regular online lectures in classrooms supervised by teachers. Although the majority find at-home schooling preferable, those with unstable internet, disruptive household environments, or difficulty focusing at home may find this to be an extremely helpful solution.
In light of decreased restrictions, administrators have been looking for ways to compensate for the subpar year seniors have experienced. Among the ideas introduced were “Senior Fridays,” dedicated senior-only days on campus with activities and competitions. Class of 2021 GLCs have discussed hosting senior lunches, class pictures and a yearbook signing party. Though such efforts are admirable, they may come too late; with only a handful of weeks left until their graduation, the amount of participants is likely to be few. Instead of preparing for small-scale weekly activities, investing more effort into graduation may be time better spent.
After a whole year of repetitive days and mental health struggles, the ability to choose how one would like to finish the remainder of the semester is welcome news to all. The WVUSD plans accommodate each student’s circumstances, regardless of whether they’d prefer to learn on campus or at home. As for the senior class, while nothing can make up for their lost experience, the remaining two months may serve to make the most of what little time is left.