Cohort A, B required to attend asynchronous classes

Attendance required on in-person days


Emmy Pearson

Sophomore Ella Wasvick sets up to work on her assignments during first hour in the cafeteria Feb. 25. Park is continuing to push the importance of students utilizing asynchronous time for getting help and doing work.

Talia Lissauer and Adam Gips

All students in Cohorts A and B will need to go to asynchronous classes on their in-person days, even if online, according to assistant principal Jessica Busse. 

“The problem is when we got rid of check-ins, it made asynchronous less important in the eyes of students, and that time is still really important, especially when we’re coming back in person,” Busse said.

According to sophomore Edward Holt, asynchronous time is dispensable, otherwise Cohort C would be required to come to asynchronous classes.

“I don’t think it is necessary,” Holt said. “If it was important, they would make the online kids check-in and we would have to do check-ins every day.”

Sophomore Daniel Bevell said many students may not attend asynchronous classes, which makes check-ins necessary.

“I don’t think (requiring attendance) is that good because I use that time for study hall, but I can see why people don’t want to go (to asynchronous classes),” Bevell said.

During the first week of hybrid learning, students were highly encouraged to go to asynchronous classes, but it was not mandatory. Now, to make sure students and teachers are utilizing that time, it is required, according to Busse. 

“Asynchronous time is more important than the synchronous time for the people in-person because that’s the time you have the teacher connection,” Busse said. “It does kind of suck for Cohort C because they don’t ever get their in-person time. So that’s what we’re trying to replicate with our Wednesdays and give that time for students.”

Holt said he enjoys the breaks between synchronous times as a useful break.

“I usually look forward to the breaks … getting my head off of school, but now (I’m) a lot more stressed,” Holt said.