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Hybrid vs Online- Which Keeps Learning in Mind?


As many people have experienced, January 2020 was supposed to be the start of new beginnings, friendships, and resolutions. Instead, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization alerted everyone about the outbreak of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. This news hit students hard. After spending every day with teachers and friends, social distancing and separation from one another were in everyone’s best interest. Therefore, schools went online.

Needless to say, the adjustment has not been easy. Students and faculty have had to adapt to online learning since the outbreak in March. A portion of Greenway students are finally attending school after seven months of social distancing. However, about half of Greenway students choose to remain online.

As a result of the virus, students and their guardians have been given the choice to remain online or attend hybrid learning. Hybrid learning consists of both online and in-person classes every other day depending on your group. Peoria High School is allowing all their students to be on campus at the same time while Greenway is allowing the choice of either hybrid or online learning. Staff and students have had countless things to say about their opinion on which school schedule is the best.

Government and Economics teacher Mr. Jarrell said, “Online and hybrid teaching present their own challenges…if I stray too far from my computer it becomes hard to hear me, but if I stay near my computer it becomes difficult to teach graphing.” Overall, he enjoys interacting with students in person and hopes that one day his students could all be in the same class again.

Cheer State Champion Coach Apadoca said that hybrid learning is needed for the students’ education. “Students have been attending in-person classes since they were five years old; they need a routine and accountability for their work,” Coach Apodaca said.

Senior Sofia‌ ‌Martinez‌ said that‌ ‌during‌ ‌hybrid‌ ‌learning‌, ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌doing‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌activities‌ ‌as‌ ‌if‌ ‌online, so why go in-person and risk contracting COVID-19.‌

Senior Kayla Kerbaugh said, “Online‌ ‌schooling‌ ‌is‌ ‌better‌ ‌because‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌learning‌ ‌at‌ ‌my‌ ‌own‌ ‌pace‌ ‌instead‌ ‌of‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌pace‌ ‌of‌ ‌others.”

Junior‌ Ashley‌ ‌Brown‌ ‌said she prefers‌ ‌hybrid‌ ‌learning‌ ‌because‌ ‌she‌ can ‌get‌ ‌one-on-ones‌ ‌with‌ ‌her‌ ‌teachers which will help her focus instead of guessing on all her work.

“I am able to concentrate on my work more efficiently so that in the long run I can become successful and go to college,” Junior Leeah Russ said. Similarly, passing in High School is one of the most stressful parts, surely actually going to class would help.

Of the small sample of students that I talked with about 60 percent are pro-online and 40 percent prefer hybrid. Hence, the majority of our fellow Demons agree that online school is better than hybrid learning for a variety of reasons. This online schedule, similar to hybrid, will keep them COVID-19 free, while still getting an amazing education from our great teachers here at Greenway.

All that we can hope for is everything to one day go back to normal. Until then, social distance and keep those masks up Demons.