Updated: March 18, 2021 06:24 PM
Created: March 18, 2021 05:53 PM
Band is one of his bright spots. Ezra Schomberg, a senior at East, played the tuba for us on Thursday morning. He told us it's bittersweet, being back in the building.
"When you're here, you see people, and your teachers, and it brings back a flood of memories. It also reminds you weren't here this whole time, so it's a little sad," Schomberg explained.
He did an interview with WDIO on the last day of school in 2020, which was March 17th. Then, he said it felt strange to see only half the students there.
Even with the new wave of sophomores and juniors whose first day was Thursday, there's still only half of the kids back each day. It's part of the hybrid model.
Students learn at school for the first three periods, and then head home for synchronous learning for the rest of the day.
Schomberg encouraged others to stay positive, and to be grateful for the staff. "To do hybrid, in-person, and then full distance, it's been ridiculous. I want to express appreciation for everything they've done."
7th and 8th graders also returned Thursday as well at the middle schools.
The plan is to bring back older students four days a week, starting at the end of March.
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