Bo Brady plays with his dog Trooper during his 5 minute break between online classes on Sept. 15 2020 in Merrick, NY. Brady’s high school began the year doing online and in person classes every other day. (Kate Brady/J24)
Bo Brady gets back to his laptop to log into class after his break is over on Sept 15 2020 in Merrick, NY. Brady doesn’t mind his online days since he gets to stay on the couch. (Kate Brady/J24)
Trooper finds Bo Brady in the basement doing his online class on Sept. 15 2020 in Merrick, NY. The dog will cry until Brady plays with him. (Kate Brady/J24)
Trooper joins Bo Brady on the couch and hops on his zoom class on Sept 15 2020 in Merrick, NY. Brady likes having Trooper join him during class, though he admits he can be distracting. (Kate Brady/J24)
Bo Brady heads to the car with his mother, Beth Brady early on Sept 29 2020 to head to his in-person day of school in Merrick, NY. He doesn’t want to be late this time. (Kate Brady/J24)
After turning around for Bo Brady’s mask, the car is awfully silent on the morning of Sept 29 2020 in Merrick, NY. Beth Brady can’t believe he managed to forget such an essential item. (Kate Brady/J24)
Calhoun High School students head to school on the morning of Sept 29 2020 in Merrick, NY. Some wear masks and some don’t, though masks are enforced once they enter the building. (Kate Brady/J24)
Bo Brady jumps out go the car to go into school on Sept 29 2020 in Merrick, NY. He has the essentials, mask, student ID card, and backpack. (Kate Brady/24)
Bo Brady stands in front of the Calhoun High School sign on Sept 30 2020 in Merrick, NY. Though this year has been different, Brady says he still is making the most of it. (Kate Brady/J24)
Signs outside Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY enforce face masks and AM/PM entries and exits on Sept 30 2020. Security guards enforce these guidelines in an effort to keep students and teachers safe. (Kate Brady/J24)
When Calhoun High School of Merrick, NY announced they would be reopening with a hybrid model amid the COVID-19 pandemic, junior Bo Brady was skeptical.
The public school’s plan was to have half of their students come into school, with the other half doing online classes from home and switching the groups every other day.
Brady wondered how much he would get out of this experience academically and socially, but after getting through the first month he is optimistic.
“I went into the year thinking i was going to learn absolutely nothing, but it’s definitely exceeded my expectations a little bit. I don’t think I’m learning to my full potential but I’m getting more done than probably other people would think.”
Although Brady feels he still learning and building friendships in this new setting, he says the new guidelines can be difficult to follow at times.
Face masks are required at all times, plastic dividers are present between each desk, and social distancing is strictly enforced. Only freshmen can eat in the cafeteria, with sophomores through seniors going elsewhere to eat during their off period.
Brady was shocked to pass the now socially distanced lunch room, where he would once sit with all his friends. All the big tables are gone, with students sitting in desks separated by plastic dividers as they eat.
“It honestly looks like jail in there” he said.
With sports cancelled as well, Brady is missing a huge piece of his high school experience. However, he has been getting involved in outside leagues to stay involved.
Hybrid has been a very different experience, but Brady is thankful that he is able to go in-person at all.
“I’m content with it personally,” he shared, “I’m definitely happy we were able to do this, full online i dont think I’d be able to do.”