By Mia Gomes
After the 2019-2020 school year went fully remote in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, North Attleboro High School has welcomed students into a hybrid learning program in order to continue staying safe for the new school year. While there are many differences compared to last school year, one of the most noticeable is the postponement of extracurricular activities that so many students enjoy.
Some of the extracurriculars that have been impacted are high risk sports, such as competitive cheerleading and football. These sports will not begin their seasons until the spring.
This change has had a significant impact on students who typically spend their fall afternoons at practice.
“I’ve noticed that I have a lot more free time since volleyball was postponed,” said Lucas Manso, a sophomore at NAHS. “It allowed me to focus more on my schoolwork, but I still think I’ll feel better when practices start again in February.”
Seniors at the school this year seem to have gotten the worst of the pandemic by not being able to join their favorite clubs and teams one last time. Lucas, who has an older brother named Jonah in the 12th grade, shared that “Jonah has felt upset, which is understandable considering this is his last year at the school.”
While some school-affiliated activities are currently unavailable, some students are seeking activities elsewhere that have continued throughout the pandemic. Althea Gagne, another 10th grade student at NAHS, shared that “last year I was a part of a band program called School of Rock, and I was also a part of my church’s youth group. This year, I’m still a part of School of Rock, but my youth group doesn’t get together anymore due to COVID-19.”
For Althea, the changes she noticed during this time away from her interests have been positive. “My life outside of school has changed drastically,” she said. “I’ve become overall healthier and I’ve grown positively in terms of how I perceive myself and how I want to be perceived.”
While it is refreshing to be back in the building for some, many students still prefer school online, and are finding it difficult to adjust to the new changes that the return to school has brought on.
“This year I had a very rough adjustment going into school,” Lucas stated. “When it started, it felt very odd and I had a lot of anxiety. My first day didn’t go well and I switched to full remote learning later in the week.”
Althea agrees that she prefers online school as of right now. “It’s much harder to find friends in such small classes,” she added. “I’d think that a lot of students who centered their time around things like band and theater are now having to do other things in place of them. Luckily I’m not one of those people.”
Most school-affiliated clubs and teams are set to begin later this year, assuming that the Coronavirus will be more controlled by then. Until that point, NAHS asks that all students take the proper precautions to keep everyone safe and stop the spread.