Hybrid schedule does not seem to be making senior slide worse

Kelly Fowler, Staff writer

Senior slide, also known as senioritis, often afflicts those who will graduate at the end of the semester but does not seem to have been worsened by Archbishop Carroll’s hybrid schedule.

In the hybrid schedule, put in place to allow more distance between students and thwart the spread of COVID-19, each class is split into two halves. When the first half is learning in school, the other half is watching the lesson live on Zoom. The scheme alternates each day.

“Our seniors have done a great job all year working to stay on top of their work, and we really hope that not too many of them will cut it too close in the end,” said William Gennaro, Carroll’s acting principal as well as the assistant principal for academic affairs. “There really has not been much of a difference in the senior class from years past, even with the hybrid setup.”

One senior teacher said hybrid learning has not noticeably affected the senior slide, but has had an overall effect on students grades throughout the year.

“Although I haven’t seen more of a senior slide this year compared to previous years, what I am seeing is more seniors than usual who must do very well in the fourth quarter and on their final exams to be able to graduate in June.” said Mrs. Diane Gimpel, who teaches seniors English.