Junior, senior classes to hold in-person events on campus

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“It’s not the same as being back in school with everyone, but it is what we can offer, and we are excited to offer it. We just want to give people the opportunity to see one another, not through Zoom screens,” Dean of Students Ana Campos said about the events.

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After spending months away from the school and their peers, the Junior and Senior Classes will be allowed on campus in order to connect with one another. Students will gather in Gordon Parks Art Hall for the 90-minute long events.

Seniors can come to campus on Nov. 10 or Nov. 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. Juniors can come on Nov. 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3 p.m. 

According to Dean of Students Ana Campos, two time slots were needed in order to offer the opportunity to the whole grade while complying with the university’s guidelines that limit the number of students on campus to 75.

Students must sign up through a Google Form by Nov. 5 to indicate when they want to come.

“This is unlike what we’ve done with the 9th and 10th grade, when we’ve brought them in, we’ve done it organized by advisory,” Ms. Campos said. “We’re just going to have people sign up for their preferred date.”

With no planned activities for either grade, the goal of the events is just to have students connect with one another, Ms. Campos said. 

“It is really just getting people into a space, so people can talk with one another,” Ms. Campos said, adding that it would be open in a way for students to talk about anything on their minds. “It’s really intended to just be time, time for everyone to have that opportunity.”

The students who attend will occupy three spaces within Gordon Parks. There won’t be more than 25 people in a space and chairs will be 6 feet apart, Ms. Campos said. 

“I just think people miss each other, and I think people miss seeing school,” Ms. Campos said. “It’s not the same as being back in school with everyone, but it is what we can offer, and we are excited to offer it. We just want to give people the opportunity to see one another, not through Zoom screens.”