Block schedule, virtual sessions start school year

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With the new school year opening virtually, the district announced that schools will be operating under a block schedule. From Monday to Friday, each day consists of three classes. Students attend lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. with an hour and 15 minutes for each class. For 0 and 7 periods, class will begin from 7:10 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. on their respective days. The last 15 minutes of each class are reserved for additional assistance for students. For Wednesdays, students attend their fourth period Homeroom from 10:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., which are for announcements and updates from the school.

This schedule was designed to allow students to be more flexible with their workload and learn more concepts in the time given. 

“It is vastly different [from] teaching in the classroom,” English teacher Virginia Vasquez said. “I do like having a block schedule. [However] time-wise, it still doesn’t feel like enough time. Building connections is my priority, and this has been extremely challenging, but I’m optimistic that it will get better.” 

With classes ending in the early afternoon, students are able to participate in Extended Home Learning from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for students to go over any concerns they have with their teachers at the appropriate times.

“I enjoy that teachers are able to make time for students,” junior Carson Nguyen said. “Students can catch up with assignments or better understand subjects this way.”

There will be no changes to the schedule, for now. If the possibility of going back to school in the second semester arises, the school will operate under hybrid learning. This is where students and teachers will interact with one another in both classroom and online environments.

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