Day in the Life: An On-Campus vs. Online Student

Kathleen Lewis and Sabrina Bierman

As the first three weeks of on-campus learning approach, let’s compare the lifestyle differences between students who attend school in person versus students who remain virtual through Zoom and remote learning.

For on-campus students, the day usually begins around 7:15 a.m., depending on how far away they live from school. After eating breakfast and getting ready for the day, students must wear their school uniforms, identification lanyards, and a mask of their choice to class every day. Meanwhile, students who remain at home have a free dress code, as long as what they wear is appropriate and conforms to school rules. (This calls for sweatpants and new fashion trends!)

According to the schedule released on Aug. 31, students in grades 11 and 12 must report to the Clock at 8:20 a.m., while 9th and 10th graders must arrive at the West Lot engineering area at 7:45. The time that each class begins will remain the same, and at the end of every class students are required to clean the areas they used during the period before heading to their next class.

Some of the most interesting changes happening on campus involve how students will move from class to class and how they will navigate the lunch line. The floor of every hallway is marked with arrows, organizing the “traffic flow” to encourage social distancing, so everyone on campus walks in the same direction. The same applies to the cafeteria, as students and faculty pick up pre-packaged meals of their choice. Only two students are allowed per outdoor lunch table, but they are also permitted to eat in classrooms.

As usual, the school day ends at 3:00 p.m., when underclassmen are dismissed. Upperclassmen are dismissed at 3:15 p.m., and all have the choice of attending virtual office hours.

To everyone attending school on campus this Friday, be safe! Be sure to tell us what you think by DMing us on Instagram (@theraidervoice) or by writing for campus voices.