Brazoswood Welcomes Students Back Amid Pandemic and Construction

“It just feels off. Obviously, the school is smaller, but it also feels that way too.”

Traditional school days are something of the past, with last week marking the beginning of a new kind of face-to-face (F2F)  learning, and the following week introducing distance learning to everyone, virtual or not. 

With a good portion of their classmates remaining at home with distance learning, in-person student’s have had to adjust to the new policies set in place to keep the 2019 Coronavirus from spreading. With that, plus new construction, it’s a whole new experience, walking the halls of a school that once seemed so familiar. 

“It just feels off,” Lainey Gutierrez, a senior, said. “Obviously, the school is smaller, but it also feels that way too.” 

One of the consequences of the pandemic is having to wear masks, as well as be constantly socially distanced.

“You have to be socially distanced so that they [the administrators] can trace back those who might be affected if someone catches it [COVID-19],” Gutierrez said. 

The new policies also affected student’s in a rather unusual way. Some students have schedules that are hybrid, meaning on campus and off campus. This has caused a few problems with students, namely with transportation.

“Due to my schedule, I ended up having an in-person class and then 6 minutes to get home for my online class,” Neha Krishnan, senior, said. “However, it takes longer than 6 minutes to drive home so it’s been challenging to figure out a way to be on time for my next class. Overall, it has made my day stressful trying to balance the different instruction styles.”

The pandemic also caused a big decision in students and their guardians: whether to remain digital, or to return to face-to-face, 

“My parents didn’t want me going back to school because I have a weak immune system. I also didn’t feel comfortable with going back because the amount of cases in our town was only going up,” Kaitlin Nguyen, senior, said. 

Student’s who chose digital complete all their courses online, with there being quite a few differences in how school is being held. Instead of being in a classroom, they’re in their own home. Instead of being able to see their teachers and classmates face-to-face, they’re to sometimes see them through a video screen. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

“I don’t really mind being digital because it doesn’t really affect me,” Nguyen said. “I do worry about the face-to-face students, though.” 

The choice to stay digital to some was an easy one, but those who opted for face-to-face had their own reasons as well.

“I chose F2F because I do better in a learning environment,” Lainey Guiterrez said, “It’s just difficult for me to focus at home.” 

Whether they chose F2F or distance learning, this is a new endeavor for everyone. Remember to self-screen yourself everyday, wear your masks, and socially distance. Hopefully, normalcy will return soon. 

Plenty of Pride Points in the Near Future for Those Participating in Dress Up Days

For the next two weeks, there will be several opportunities for students to gain pride points, most notably the three days of this upcoming week dedicated to celebrating our school’s 50th birthday, as well as the following one tributed to Red Ribbon Week.

For the next two weeks, there will be several opportunities for students to gain pride points, most notably the three days of this upcoming week dedicated to celebrating our school’s 50th birthday, as well as the following one tributed to Red Ribbon Week.

The Monday and Tuesday of this upcoming week are dedicated to two different decades: the 50s and the 70s. Monday, students have the ability to dress up in their 50’s outfits in order to celebrate the campuses’ 50th  birthday, as long as they stay in the school’s dress code. On Tuesday, students are challenged to dress in their best 70’s attire to celebrate 75 years of BISD. Then, Wednesday, which is the actual birthday, is Pride Day, where you can wear any school attire to show your school spirit. 

The week of Halloween is our dedicated Red Ribbon Week. To promote awareness about the harmful effects of drugs, Student Council, in alliance with PALs and other establishments around our general area, have set themes for each day, as well as events to help those in need. The week, which starts October 28th and ends the first of November, is set up like this (via a Google classroom announcement by Mrs. Jess, the Student Council and PALs sponsor): 

Monday (10/28) Pop pop-corn, not pills. – Dress like your favorite movie character.  During lunches, you can sign a pledge card to be tobacco and vape free! Those who sign the cards will get a bag of popcorn from Brazoswood PALS.

Tuesday (10/29) Blow Bubbles, Not Clouds. – Brazoswood PALS will have blow pops and gum with Vaping Facts to hand out today!  Wear your brightest neon colors to show your support!  

Wednesday (10/30)  – Stay Woke and Don’t Smoke! – wear your pajamas to school today and show that we can be comfortable in saying NO to tobacco, vaping, alcohol and other drugs. Today is also the drug take back day. See flyers around the school for more information. CVS Pharmacy in Lake Jackson will take back all old medications you want to get rid of. (Visit the link for more information about why it is important to responsibly dispose of old drugs: Drug Take Back )

Thursday (10/31) Let’s Scare Away Drugs! – wear your Halloween Costume – no masks or hats please and stay in dress code!

Friday (11/1) Black out Drugs – support your Bucs for the Black Out game and Black Out Drugs at the same time!

Students can earn 50 Pride Points for each day that they participate.