I wrote a journal documenting hybrid school


Art by Femi Henry-Chia

April 28, 2021:


8:00 am

I am so excited to finally be going back to school. It's been so long since quarantine began. It's gonna feel so weird to be back after all this time. I'm keeping a little journal about it so I can look back when all this COVID stuff is over. Hopefully, it'll also be informative enough so you can make a decision on whether or not you want to do this hybrid thing yourself. I don't really know what else to say right now, I guess I'll make another entry after school is over.


4:00 pm

Honestly, this was less weird than I thought it would be. Not very many of my friends were there, but there were some people who I hadn't talked to in a while and it was nice to see them again. It was really nice to see the teachers in person. Mr. Mailes was going around telling everyone to stay out of the horticulture garden, but he wouldn't elaborate on why. Overall, it was a good experience and I can feel that we're slowly getting back to normal after all this time.

April 30, 2021:


8:00 am

I'm actually looking forward to going to school for once, so I guess they're doing something right. I have to pitch an article for journalism today, and I'm still not sure what I'm going to write about.


10:20 am

Mr. Dunbar ended PE class early, and I was kinda bored so I'm writing right now. I should have brought a book. Alas, I didn't, so I'm writing in this journal. I had to work out for PE, but Ms. Gallegos let me go out in the hallway so as not to disturb the other people in this class. While I was there I thought I heard someone opening and closing a bunch of lockers. Maybe they were testing them or something. Do they test the lockers? I think I'm going to work on my essay for English.


10:40 am

I can't focus on this English assignment, I think I'm going to do something else. Maybe I'll go to the bathroom and take a walk for a bit. I wonder if there's still someone messing with the lockers.

May 3, 2021:


8:00 am

I am so excited to finally be going back to school. It's been so long since quarantine began. It's gonna feel so weird to be back after all this time. I'm keeping a little journal about it so I can look back when all this COVID stuff is over. Hopefully, it'll also be informative enough so you can make a decision on whether or not you want to do this hybrid thing yourself. I'm not exactly sure what it'll be like though, but it'll be interesting. This morning, I had a few weird dreams about going back to school before I woke up. I've noticed that I do this a lot on the mornings of big days. It always happens on Christmas and the first day of school.



4:00 pm

I was a bit confused about where I was supposed to go, it was almost as if everyone else already knew what to do and I didn't. I guess that's what you get when you don't pay attention during advisory while they're talking about the new schedule.

May 5, 2021:


2:30 pm

While going to the bathroom earlier today, I noticed that there seemed to be a hallway that I don't remember being there. Maybe it's new or something? I didn't hear anything about a new hallway though. Maybe I never noticed it before. Anyway, I think I'm going to check it out.


3:00 pm?

I've been walking down this hallway for what seems like 30 minutes, it just keeps going. There are no classrooms on the side, just lines, and lines of lockers. Also posters. They all have a picture of a volcano on them, along with the pro-environmental messages like "Don't litter" or "Save water" or "Clean energy is the answer." Whose lockers are these? How does this hallway fit into the rest of the school? What does it look like from the outside? Is there anything inside them? I think I'm going to take a closer look.

May 7, 2021:


8:00 am

I am so excited to finally be going back to school. It's been so long since quarantine began. It's gonna feel so weird to be back after all this time, they postponed the beginning of hybrid school by like a week, I thought it was originally going to be earlier. I'm keeping a little journal about it so I can look back when all this COVID stuff is over. Hopefully, it'll also be informative enough so you can make a decision on whether or not you want to do this hybrid thing yourself. I had this weird dream where I went back and there was this really long hallway or something… it was scary at the time but now that I write it down it sounds really silly. These last few weeks went by really quickly for some reason.


11:30 am

Why is it so hot in the middle of May? I'm melting out here and there's no shade. I kinda want to go to the bathroom just to be able to get out of the sun. Actually, the horticulture garden looks like it has a lot of shade. Maybe I'll go hang out there for a bit. I'm supposed to stay here for contact tracing or whatever, but I think I should be fine. That should be a pretty safe place. I'll make another entry after school so I can document a full day at this weird hybrid schedule.


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