The Reasoning Behind Not Returning to Hybrid Learning Immediately After Break

Elijah Katzenell ‘21, Staff Writer

As most of you (probably all) have heard by now, we won’t be returning to hybrid learning immediately following Christmas break. On Tuesday, Dr. Barker announced that our first week back (the week of Jan. 4) will follow the all-virtual model that we experienced the week after Thanksgiving break. Fortunately, the plan is to return to hybrid learning the following week (the week of Jan. 11). As Dr. Barker stated in his email to the Good Counsel community, this decision was made to “remain mindful of our actions outside of school and their potential impact on our community,” given the traditional gatherings and travel that tend to occur over Christmas break. Similarly, an increase in these activities around Thanksgiving is why we were home the week after Thanksgiving break.

Is it a prudent policy to have an extra week of virtual learning after the holiday break?

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Though we’re all-virtual immediately following the break, gatherings and travel are still strongly discouraged. Dr. Barker put it simply: “The Christmas break represents a vulnerability for all of us … The safest way to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve is to stay home with the people who live with you.” By doing this, you’re doing all you can to ensure that there are many future years of gatherings and travel to be enjoyed with friends and family.

I hope you take this to heart in order to protect your brothers and sisters outside of our direct brotherhood at Good Counsel and enjoy Christmas break!  

Bye 2020 and hello 2021.