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Hi guys,

It's a huge moment in the pandemic, but from the 8th of March students have now started going back to school. Although potentially a huge milestone as we return to some form of normality, students told us just last week that they were still worried about returning with 68% of students saying they did not feel comfortable going back in our recent poll.

We wanted to check back in and find out what your experiences have been like now you are officially back. Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience? How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home? If you were concerned about going back have your school managed to ease your fears or are you still concerned?

You can find out how exactly Covid testing in schools and colleges will work here.
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Hi guys,

It's a huge moment in the pandemic, but from the 8th of March students have now started going back to school. Although potentially a huge milestone as we return to some form of normality, students told us just last week that they were still worried about returning with 68% of students saying they did not feel comfortable going back in our recent poll.

We wanted to check back in and find out what your experiences have been like now you are officially back. Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience? How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home? If you were concerned about going back have your school managed to ease your fears or are you still concerned?

You can find out how exactly Covid testing in schools and colleges will work here.
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I'm going back to school on Wednesday but I definitely can't wait to have Sociology as my first lesson.
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(Original post by Evil Homer)
We wanted to check back in and find out what your experiences have been like now you are officially back. Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience? How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home? If you were concerned about going back have your school managed to ease your fears or are you still concerned?
Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience?

I attended physical school today for the first time in 3 months. It didn't really feel like normal school, as half of the years were still at home or being tested for Covid in the main hall. Some of my teachers were still at home too, which meant not all of my lessons were physical lessons. Instead, some of them were virtual. It was quite similar in many ways to school in the Autumn term of 2020, however teachers were emphasizing even more the importance of social distancing and wearing face masks.

How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?

To tell the truth, it feels awkward. With many of my friends, I've lost the social connections with them as I haven't been seeing them and socializing with them every week, due to lockdown. On the other hand, seeing some of my friends again is great!

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home?

After working at school today, I now realize I much prefer studying at home, as I don't have to:
- wake up at stupid-o-clock in the morning
- get changed into an uncomfortable uniform
- travel to school
- socialize through small talk with people I'll probably not remember in 5 years
- constantly be focussed and pay attention whilst following the school timetable; I can have more frequent breaks
- lug around my heavy backpack, giving myself childhood arthritis
- make, bring in, and carry around my packed lunch, which provides a far limited range of options than the kitchen at home.

Although, some benefits of going to school include:
- walking around, from classroom to classroom. This increases the blood flow in my body, making me more energetic and ready to learn.
- being in a learning environment, meaning I'll be able to focus more in the lessons
- being around my classmates who have chosen the subject I've chosen and want to learn about it as well, allowing me to socialize with them around the subject, or ask them for help if I'm stuck anywhere.
- having more ease to ask questions in class, and ask for help from the teacher

Overall, some aspects of home life I really love, like sleeping in, not having to wear uniform, and grazing on snacks throughout the day. However, school is a learning environment, and it's compulsory to attend.

Wouldn't the best school life be a compromise between lockdown and physical school? Where we select our favourite aspects of both and somehow merge them together?
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(Original post by Evil Homer)
Hi guys,

It's a huge moment in the pandemic, but from the 8th of March students have now started going back to school. Although potentially a huge milestone as we return to some form of normality, students told us just last week that they were still worried about returning with 68% of students saying they did not feel comfortable going back in our recent poll.

We wanted to check back in and find out what your experiences have been like now you are officially back. Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience? How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home? If you were concerned about going back have your school managed to ease your fears or are you still concerned?

You can find out how exactly Covid testing in schools and colleges will work here.
Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience?
I think going back to school is a great decision. It gives the majority of students a chance to socialise, get better support from their teachers and to have some time away from the home situations. Personally, I don't feel like school is much different to before Christmas. Initially, the testing process seemed quite daunting, but once you've done your first one, it feels like I was worrying for no reason.

How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?
I don't actually have any friends at school and, since lockdown, my tolerance for people and my "social battery"- as it were- have become dangerously low. This makes it really hard going back as I'm surrounded by other students, but feel completely alone and that's something I didn't have to worry about or even feel when I was at home.

Classroom and learning wise, I haven't enjoyed it. We have mocks next week so I've been revising in all of my lessons and just getting on with my work, which makes me feel like there's no point me being there. I also feel agitated, miserable and tired all day. Both days this week, I've almost fallen asleep in my last double lesson. I just feel absolutely drained mentally and school's making me feel quite unhappy.

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home?
I agree with all the cons the person above posted and I'll put them here:
- wake up at stupid-o-clock in the morning
- get changed into an uncomfortable uniform
- travel to school
- socialize through small talk with people I'll probably not remember in 5 years
- constantly be focussed and pay attention whilst following the school timetable; I can have more frequent breaks
- lug around my heavy backpack, giving myself childhood arthritis
- make, bring in, and carry around my packed lunch, which provides a far limited range of options than the kitchen at home


In summary:
This said, I do think I'm probably in the minority of students that feel the way I do and I do think that returning to school is beneficial for a greater amount of students.
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socialize through small talk with people I'll probably not remember in 5 years
this is such a thoughtful account, very interesting :yep: at least it's not all doom and gloom - now I'm at uni, I definitely appreciate how effective the structure of school was, and you seem to feel the same

i laughed at the comment you made here about small talk :lol: I guarantee you, you'll start forgetting people even in the first term of uni / apprenticeship / life. I cut off soooo many people (through removing on instagram / snapchat, not talking to people etc) which has made my friendship group significantly smaller but so much more fulfilling. :yep:
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Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience?
The testing has had little to no bearing. It takes a few minutes, and it doesn't really get checked either. I wish we had been doing it ages ago, as there's really no inconvenience. Obviously we're still having to sanitize tables, the only thing I really don't like at my college is masks worn in common rooms, halls and classrooms. I am luckily exempt although I still wear them the majority of times, I genuinely miss seeing people's faces. Social distancing remains rare, although classrooms make sure we distance now.

How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?
This feels much better. While I do need quiet and hate very loud rooms, seeing people and laughing and discussing things with people other than my single parent has caused my motivation and satisfaction to massively increase. As a queer individual in a home that isn't very accepting, being in college helps a l o t, which is something that has been ignored by a lot of commentary on lockdowns/schools. In classrooms, I can handle much larger chunks of work and focus for longer because there's more interaction with my teachers and other students. The absence means I've been talking much more than usual, but honestly I'm just glad to be back. Sleep is an issue due to insomnia, but it's so nice to be awake in the mornings instead.

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home?
I have much more motivation to work. At home it was really beginning to feel completely pointless, and my enjoyment of the subjects as well as drive to revise them was just... gone. Theres much more banter in the classroom, much more active discussion, and more movement means my backs not breaking in front of my computer.

In summary:
I am much happier at school, and very glad to be back.
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(Original post by nnth)
Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience?

I attended physical school today for the first time in 3 months. It didn't really feel like normal school, as half of the years were still at home or being tested for Covid in the main hall. Some of my teachers were still at home too, which meant not all of my lessons were physical lessons. Instead, some of them were virtual. It was quite similar in many ways to school in the Autumn term of 2020, however teachers were emphasizing even more the importance of social distancing and wearing face masks.

How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?

To tell the truth, it feels awkward. With many of my friends, I've lost the social connections with them as I haven't been seeing them and socializing with them every week, due to lockdown. On the other hand, seeing some of my friends again is great!

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home?

After working at school today, I now realize I much prefer studying at home, as I don't have to:
- wake up at stupid-o-clock in the morning
- get changed into an uncomfortable uniform
- travel to school
- socialize through small talk with people I'll probably not remember in 5 years
- constantly be focussed and pay attention whilst following the school timetable; I can have more frequent breaks
- lug around my heavy backpack, giving myself childhood arthritis
- make, bring in, and carry around my packed lunch, which provides a far limited range of options than the kitchen at home.

Although, some benefits of going to school include:
- walking around, from classroom to classroom. This increases the blood flow in my body, making me more energetic and ready to learn.
- being in a learning environment, meaning I'll be able to focus more in the lessons
- being around my classmates who have chosen the subject I've chosen and want to learn about it as well, allowing me to socialize with them around the subject, or ask them for help if I'm stuck anywhere.
- having more ease to ask questions in class, and ask for help from the teacher

Overall, some aspects of home life I really love, like sleeping in, not having to wear uniform, and grazing on snacks throughout the day. However, school is a learning environment, and it's compulsory to attend.

Wouldn't the best school life be a compromise between lockdown and physical school? Where we select our favourite aspects of both and somehow merge them together?
(Original post by ItsStarLordMan)
Does it feel like normal school again or is the testing and other measures making this a brand new experience?
I think going back to school is a great decision. It gives the majority of students a chance to socialise, get better support from their teachers and to have some time away from the home situations. Personally, I don't feel like school is much different to before Christmas. Initially, the testing process seemed quite daunting, but once you've done your first one, it feels like I was worrying for no reason.

How does it feel seeing friends again and being back in the classroom after such a long absence?
I don't actually have any friends at school and, since lockdown, my tolerance for people and my "social battery"- as it were- have become dangerously low. This makes it really hard going back as I'm surrounded by other students, but feel completely alone and that's something I didn't have to worry about or even feel when I was at home.

Classroom and learning wise, I haven't enjoyed it. We have mocks next week so I've been revising in all of my lessons and just getting on with my work, which makes me feel like there's no point me being there. I also feel agitated, miserable and tired all day. Both days this week, I've almost fallen asleep in my last double lesson. I just feel absolutely drained mentally and school's making me feel quite unhappy.

How does being back in the classroom stack up compared to studying at home?
I agree with all the cons the person above posted and I'll put them here:
- wake up at stupid-o-clock in the morning
- get changed into an uncomfortable uniform
- travel to school
- socialize through small talk with people I'll probably not remember in 5 years
- constantly be focussed and pay attention whilst following the school timetable; I can have more frequent breaks
- lug around my heavy backpack, giving myself childhood arthritis
- make, bring in, and carry around my packed lunch, which provides a far limited range of options than the kitchen at home


In summary:
This said, I do think I'm probably in the minority of students that feel the way I do and I do think that returning to school is beneficial for a greater amount of students.
you are so funny
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Absolutely dread it.
Everybody’s lost connections with each other and it’s super awkward too. I think what’s awful is that everyone moved on. So alevels should have been finished. We should be done with college. It feels wrong to be back at college I guess is the best way to put it. I’m also super tired in the mornings because I get breathlessness at night so takes me ages to sleep. I used to wake up for online lesson then sleep again for the1hr break after.
My teachers also don’t know what they’re doing. They’re teaching new content when we should be revising for our assessments in April. They’re not teaching with effort either.
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you are so funny
Why? :lol:
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feeling good. i really enjoy school, mainly as I have really good friends.
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