What to know about BCHS’s new virtual learning schedule


Charley Szydlyk

Claire Cady, Reporter

Starting November 23, Bishop Chatard will be learning virtually for the second time this calendar year. While it is unfortunate that the hybrid style of learning didn’t work as planned, it is good to stay safe during these times. Numbers are jumping and it’s best that people take all precautions to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

Marion County schools are set to return on January 15, after holiday gatherings slow down and students can get time to rest after festivities. If this virtual learning will look anything like the last one in the 2019-2020 school year, there is a very good possibility that the return to school will be delayed even more. BCHS principal Mr. Joe Hansen said, “The rapid spike in numbers all over the city has clearly led to this decision and we are now moving in a completely different direction.”

The virtual schedule will look different than the previous one. Vice Principal of Academics Mrs. Ann Taylor said, “Our transition schedule takes into consideration things we learned from in the past as well as it also provides students and teachers that balance of how to learn going forward.” For starters, school will begin at 8 am every morning and let out at 2:15. Students will only have to go to 3 or 4 classes per day, depending on if it is a B or C day. Less classes and longer passing periods were designed to give students some time off of their device. Mrs. Taylor said, “We are not robots. We require time away from a device.” In addition, students will attend 1 to 2 recitation periods during the day.

During recitation, students will meet with their teacher that teaches in the area of their expertise. Those periods are 1 hour long, and like the number of classes, depend on the day for how many recitation periods the students must attend. Recitations are made to help students feel more comfortable during these times. At the end of each day, there will also be teacher office hours. Office hours are different from recitations. Office hours are where students can hop into the Google meet for a minute to ask a question or two about their class, where recitations are mandatory and led by teachers. Recitations replace seminars, and are a more soft session where students can feel relaxed, while also letting teachers have freedom in what to teach. Mrs. Taylor said, “It recognizes that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, it takes all those factors into consideration but gives us sensibility to have that synchronized learning.”

Not seeing everyone’s faces in person will be hard on the community, however students and staff are strong and determined to make the best out of this while excelling in their academics as always.