Back to School

Back+to+School

Allie Meyers

We students went back to school on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD). As a student at Hamilton High School, located inside the CUSD, I have a unique input to how education looks in the midst of a pandemic. Face masks are always on, unless at lunch, distance from other people is to be kept as much as possible, and hand sanitizer is everywhere. That’s what is needed to ensure the safety of students and staff, but what people off-campus don’t see is the magic. Friends getting to see each other for the first time in months, teachers getting to meet new students and see old ones, and the new friendships made through adversity. I expected the days to be dull and boring, but teachers are finding new ways to educate using all of the tools and methods. Some teachers still utilize the online platform of Google Classroom, to share notes, powerpoints, instructions and keep students up to date. Besides the sometimes oppressive weight of being in a pandemic, school feels like normal, if not better. The longer passing periods are a blessing, having only three classes a day keeps the amount of homework low, and each class has more time to do activities and projects. In ceramics, having two hours to work on a project is amazing because you don’t have to rush your creativity, and my projects are turning out better because I can ask for guidance from my instructor in real-time. But some classes are a total bore. All we do is busy work, and it makes me tired. Overall, school being back in-person is better in most aspects, and I enjoy being back.