By Luce Cada '23
After more than a year of full remote learning, Notre Dame opened up a full hybrid learning environment for all students this week. For several months, there has been a hybrid pilot program for select students dependent on which courses they took. But starting on April 26th, a new schedule began for students who opted for hybrid learning. Those who wanted to stay home continued to join classes remotely.
Students were split into Lily and Rose groups for the last grading period, which determined whether they would come to school on Mondays and Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively. This method will stay in place for the rest of the school year. Notre Dame will continue to comply with the CDC guidelines, and if they allow it, they will return to full in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. For now, they are continuing with hybrid learning, which students are enjoying. Ginni Son ‘23 says, “It is honestly so much easier for me to learn when being in person versus listening/talking through a screen.” Many students are feeling more engaged and excited to learn in person, and are glad that Notre Dame is taking small steps to return to normal.
As the school year comes to an end, students are finally able to enjoy their last few weeks on campus whether they are freshmen, seniors, or in between. Vaccines are finally being distributed to ages 12 and up, which may help schools return to in-person learning. But as long as everyone continues to follow the guidelines and slow the spread of COVID-19, the school is planning to return to the regular five-days-a-week schedule next fall.