Something completely ordinary happened on Thursday at Grand & Warren. That’s what made the moment so special. At 8:10 am, it was first period, A-day, marking period one, cycle one, and in classrooms all over campus, Prep teachers welcomed Prep students to a new day, face to face, without having to look over their shoulders to see half the class (or more) on screen, joining from home. As classes began in person with no virtual option, it was the first time since March 12, 2020, that the entire Prep community was on campus together at one time.

“The hallways of Hogan and Mulry and the English Building are fully alive for the first time in far too long,” said Prep President Michael Gomez, Ed.D., ’91. “I am so grateful to have everyone back.”

In recognition of just how extraordinary an ordinary return to school is at this moment in Prep’s history, the typical half-day (or less) orientation sessions for sophomores, juniors, and seniors were extended to full days on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, in order to get Prep’s upperclassmen reacquainted with their surroundings. “For some of you, this might be your first time on campus in 18 months,” Dr. Gomez pointed out during orientation. The process of restoring the richness of daily campus life began last year under the hybrid model, but will take on greater intensity and purpose now that all students are back full-time.

Masks continue to be required for students and adults in school buildings, in keeping with current safety guidelines, but from the commons to the courtyard, from the labs of MSC to the library across Warren Street, the sense of today being a regular school day at Prep is palpable, and decidedly welcome.

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