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Although it’s been a while since the last update there have been many new developments. With some children going back to blended learning, it’s only a matter of time before we are all going back into the building. After getting some perspective from students, I realized that our lives had changed so drastically during our teen years, when change is normal, just not to this degree. That’s when I thought about how some of the teachers and our principal at HSCL felt and are dealing with COVID and the news that Mayor de Blasio wants to open high schools. As adults, I believe they had a different perspective that is equally important.

  1. “How has Covid changed your day-to-day life?”


“Covid has changed my day-to-day routine drastically. Before Covid, I used to leave home around 6:00 am and not return until around 8-9 pm on weekdays. Now, since school and all other activities are canceled, I am in my home 24 hours a day on weekdays, besides the occasional walk or errand run.”

– Ms. O’Donnell

   “The main way in which COVID has changed my day-to-day life is that I have spent a lot more time at home with my wife and two young sons.  Before COVID hit, I spent a lot of hours on campus, both teaching and coaching.  The rise of remote learning and the  suspension of PSAL sports has turned me into more of a homebody.”

   – Mr. Gramaldi

  1. “Did you expect the pandemic to last this long, and what do you think is prolonging?”


“When we went on quarantine last March, I was thinking that by September the situation would be almost under control. If everyone 

would follow the simple mask and social distancing rules from the beginning of a pandemic, and the Government’s response would be different; we would not be in such a bad place.”    

 – Ms. Carrozzo

“I really didn’t. I was telling everybody in early March that COVID wasn’t going to be a big deal, and they weren’t even going to close schools (see, I’ve been wrong before!). I definitely didn’t expect for it to still be a thing in 2021–and even maybe into 2022. I think there’s a lot of willful ignorance about how viruses work and how to stop them.”

-Mx. Bigelow

  1. “How have your lessons changed to fit virtual learning?”


“Let’s put it this way. My lessons have done a complete 180 in the way they’re presented to fit virtual learning. My class went from hands-on cooking to learning about cooking theories, history, and science.”

– Mr. Ventura


“One change I had to make was readjusting my ninety-minute lessons into one-hour lessons. In a classroom setting, I would put my students into groups and have the instructions posted on the board to refer to them. In an online setting, I would have to post the instructions and classwork on google classroom to access them while in the breakout rooms.”

-Ms. Prashaud

  1. “How do you feel about De Blasio saying that the vaccine shouldn’t be a prerequisite for you to return to school?”
I’d like to see him teach in a public school right now with no vaccine. I should say that for me; personally, this will not be the case. I am remote as part of a medical accommodation   

from the DOE and will not be required to return to buildings until September, at which point I should be fully vaccinated

Mx. Bigelow

I feel terrified!  I DON”T feel comfortable going back to in-person teaching (especially if it’s five day week)  without having a vaccine!”

– Ms. Carrozzo

With New York opening up again this summer we can expect to see HSCL full of both students and teachers alike. Of course we will have to follow CDC guidelines and it may take more than a few months to get life “back to normal”. Especially because Covid has changed everyone’s lives so drastically. Luckily our teachers are still teaching and will continue to teach to the best of their ability no matter the medium. 

Of course, I couldn’t end this without asking our principal a few questions. Being the principal at a school is undoubtedly a daunting task, but as with everyone else, the pandemic has added an extra layer of hardships. The questions I asked Mr. Borrero were things that I feel like our HSCL family should know moving forward.

Remote learning is certainly something that is new and can be utilized to keep learning fun in the future and maybe even connect kids that don’t have the opportunity to go into an actual school building. I also believe that Mr. Borrero is handling communication pretty well. I especially appreciated the daily emails during Black History Month.

  1. “In what ways have you tried connecting with both the teachers and students?”


Connecting with students and teachers has been a challenge.  We have used phone calls and email as well as social media to send mass announcements.  I have connected with students and families mostly by phone and email but during special times, e.g., Christmas, etc. I used Instagram.  That was new for me.  Among teachers, we have used Zoom and Google Meets as well as regular email and text messages.  What I have taken away from this experience is that we all must become increasingly proficient at multiple communication platforms.  I am interested in how we can keep some parts of remote learning to allow students access to interesting things beyond NYC or even the US!”

  1. What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during this pandemic?”


Balancing the impact of the pandemic on my family and myself with being able to do my job in totally new ways.”
  1. “Are you comfortable with your HSCL family returning to in-person instruction?”


“Because of everything I stated above, I would prefer my HSCL family be “home,” i.e., in a SAFE PLACE WITH ALL OF THEIR NEEDS MET, learning remotely until the virus is completely suppressed.  To make it more clear, my own child is learning remotely even though we wish he could be in school.  So why would I encourage others to send their kids to school when I am keeping mine home to protect him?”


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According to a recent article by Daily News, Mayor de Blasio has stated he has plans to reopen high schools in the next few weeks. Of course, with vaccines being administered and Covid statistics being relatively low, it seems like this was only a matter of time. However, there have been mixed feelings about the plans to reopen high schools. De Blasio himself has said, “High school comes with some additional complications, but I’m very hopeful we’ll get it done.” I took it upon myself to ask my peers at HSCL their feelings about the possibility of the school’s reopening and how Covid has impacted their academic lives.

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019.


Q. “How has your connection with your teachers and classmates changed?”


“The connection with my teachers and classmates became a little weak since there is no human to human interaction.”

– Judah Francis, Junior

    “Less connected with both my teachers and classmates, which sucks, but it’s fine.”

– Joshell Lawrence, Senior


Q. “Do you feel like you’re able to learn virtually or are you just submitting work?”




“I don’t feel like I’m learning anything virtually because my main focus is just handing in the work, not really for learning purposes. Just to get it over with.”

 – Ryan Chan, Junior 

 “Personally, I have been learning just because I like learning independently and on my own”

  • Despina Nittis, Junior 


Q. “How have your grades changed during COVID, and why do you think that is?”


“My grades have changed. They’re up and down. Sometimes it’s honors, and other times, it’s borderline. The reason for that is because I’m a hands-on and visual learner, somethings just can’t be done online.”

– Skyla Gibbons, Junior 

   “My grades have  improved during Covid. Before I got 80’s and 90’s, now I get 90’s and 100’s. I mainly think the reason behind this change is that I could rely on the internet more.”

  • Nathalia Cayemittes, Junior


Q. “What would have to happen for you to be comfortable with entering the school building again?”


“The virus would have to be completely gone.”

– Kodi Ejiogu, Senior

                 “Everyone wearing a mask, the school is cleaned                                         and disinfected at the end of the day and the desk are a good distance apart”

 – Shenell Gorsira, Junior

After going through these responses I’ve noticed that the majority of students weren’t themselves. This pandemic has certainly weakened the HSCL learning experience for the majority of the students. As a student myself, I had an idea of what the answers would be like. It’s hard to learn when taken from a setting we grew up functioning in. We’re on a schedule where we get up, log in to zoom for a few hours, open up google classroom to complete assignments, then go back to doing whatever we do to pass the time, then go to bed and repeat. Everyone learns at a different pace, but Covid has forced us all into a tight spot. We as humans are social creatures, and we haven’t been able to be as social as we used to be inside of the building. Remote learning is proving to be a challenge, and it’s the sad reality that students have began to realize is the new normal.

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