Staff Editorial: End of asynchronous check-ins proves beneficial

Development provides greater flexibility 


Ryan Barnett

Junior Will Dooley eats lunch during hybrid learning Oct. 26. Park students were no longer required to attend asynchronous check-ins as of Jan. 25.

Although asynchronous check-ins were initially helpful in building community and offering extra support, ending the check-ins Jan. 25 was the right decision.

It seemed every teacher treated the mandatory asynchronous periods differently. Some only asked students to hop on for attendance, while others held class for the majority of the hour. This variance made it challenging for students to find stability in their schedules and work between classes, as administration initially intended. 

Longer asynchronous check-ins often left students feeling as if they had wasted the entire period, however, even short ones proved an inconvenience. Hopping on Zoom for a brief chat, on top of a relatively useless five minute transition, could easily cut the salvageable asynchronous time by as much as 15 minutes.

By making asynchronous check-ins optional, administration gives students greater freedom to do what they need to do. Some may find it most useful to take care of themselves — going on a walk, reading a book, having a snack or taking a nap — while others may take the time to work or meet with a teacher. In any case, asynchronous periods will finally benefit the student.

But, as Spiderman says, “with great freedom comes great responsibility.” Students should use asynchronous time productively. It may be easier to scroll through TikTok or Instagram, but in most cases, it would be better to spend the time working on homework or taking care of physical and mental health. It is now the duty of each individual to ensure they use asynchronous time well.

On the whole, the Echo Editorial Board applauds teachers and administration for doing an excellent job of talking with students and considering our voices, and we believe they must continue to do so. For classes that must meet more than two times a week to cover material, it’s essential that teachers communicate why they need the extra periods and how they will respect students’ time. 

Park offers students the best of both worlds with asynchronous check-ins: those that need help can go and get it, while others can use the time for school and personal work.