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Tents are the New Classrooms: Hybrid FCS

By: Natalie Neuhaus (Communications Coordinator ‘21) 

“Hybrid”: one of many words that are now a part of our everyday lives. Back in 2019, no one would have thought that we would be learning outside with masks and face shields. FCS went virtual in March, and after a long spring and summer, students are finally back on campus, only this year they are six feet apart and wearing masks. Tents and tables cover the grounds, the gyms now hold desks, and designated walking paths and pod locations have sprung up around the campus. Despite the new changes and challenges, students and teachers are still trying their hardest to make the best of the given situation.

 I questioned a few people about hybrid-FCS. Quin Stovall (‘24) said, “The classes that are in-person are pretty good because it’s a lot easier to have discussions with the other students and have a solid, running conversation.” Claire Samaha (‘23) commented, “I really like the hybrid model. We go to school, have some in-person classes and some virtual classes, with lots of break time to socialize and get work done. The tent classrooms are really nice, and the pods are great for virtual classes! And I love having classes outside: it’s such a great shift from the traditional indoor school environment, and it’s really safe.” Quin added, “Hybrid gives me a sense of progress and leaves me excited for the new advancements to come!” Claire told me: “I feel really safe at school, and I am so thankful for that. It must have taken so much work to put this all together, and it is all amazing!” 

There are some difficult aspects about being in school right now, too. Quin explained, “The downside is that it's hard to interact with people who aren’t your close friends during lunch and free blocks.” Claire expressed, “Something that is a little hard for me is not having my usual setup in my room for virtual classes. I have my pencils, books, and laptop set up a certain way, and it is quite different at school. I guess it’s just something I have to get used to!” 

Despite the challenges, the hybrid model has given students the chance to see others, as well as the ability to learn in person. We are not sure what classes will look like as the year continues, but there is no doubt that FCS students and teachers will find ways to stay connected! 

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