Some Boston high school students set to return to in-person learning Monday

BOSTON — High school students in Boston can finally return to the classroom starting Monday. This is the last group of students in Boston Public Schools to return for a hybrid learning model.

“It’s been insanely difficult you know, I’ve basically lost contact with a lot of my close friends,” said Maya Nelson, a sophomore at Boston Latin School.

Maya said she’s been learning remotely for a full year now without seeing many friends or her teachers; but on Monday, high school students like herself can finally return to the classroom in BPS.

“To be honest, I’m not that excited about it, the way they designed the hybrid-learning system, we’re just going to be in a classroom with a couple people, we’re not going to be in front of our teacher,” Nelson said. “So it’s not like we’re going to get in-person education really, it’s really more like we’re going to be doing Zoom class from a different location.”

Maya said she’ll begin a hybrid model Monday at Boston Latin School, going in just two days a week. She’ll be in a small group of students with a proctor in the classroom.

But her mom said it’ll at least be good to get dressed for the day and out of the house as they slowly get back to normal.

“I think it’s important for students to regain a sense of routine and structure,” said Rebecca Freedman, Maya’s mother. “I think it’s important for them to see other teens their age, like Maya said, she’s been fairly isolated this past year.”

Maya agrees that, although it’s not perfect, she’s ready for this new phase.

“I think it’s kind of worth it to be back in the building and maybe see some people,” Nelson said. “But the fact that I’m never going to you know meet my teachers, for example, or see my friends ever is kind of disappointing.”

“We hope it’s better than learning remotely, we hope it’s a step in the right direction,” Freedman said. “We hope it leads to five-day in-person learning when that feels safe and doable.”

It’s unclear when high schoolers will return for a full in-person schedule, but BPS says grades K-8 will be in person five days a week starting April 26.

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