Southwick students begin hybrid model of classes on Tuesday

Hampden County

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Students in several communities started their first day of school Tuesday, including southwick where they begin the year with a hybrid model.

Some parents have been looking forward to this day for a long time while others said they felt a little nervous but overall they were all very excited for their children to see the friends and be back in the classroom again.

Parents in Southwick watched their children of all ages get on the bus to get to school for the first time since March when COVID-19 caused the rest of the 2019-2020 school year to finish remotely.

The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District is reopening with a hybrid model, where students will go to school in-person two days a week, and remotely three days a week.

22News spoke with a mom of twins going back to Woodland Elementary School, she said they’re much happier now than they were back in March.

“The few months we had with remote learning in spring was a little difficult for them. They’ve been home for 6 months and they miss their friends and they miss their teachers so I think they’re just happy to be in an actual school environment.”

To ensure social distancing, the student body is being broken up into two different “cohorts” — one that goes in-person on Monday and Tuesday, and another that’s in-person on Thursday and Friday.

Parents in the district also have the option of fully-remote learning for their students.

Parents in the district also have the option of fully-remote learning for their students. This isn’t the only school district conducting this type of model.

Chicopee is also starting their school year Tuesday with a hybrid model as well.

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