Here’s What Clubs Will Look Like This Year

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PDS has offered a variety of different clubs for its diverse population of students. (Image/Princeton Review)

Divya Sharma, Online Opinions Editor

As the 2020-2021 school year begins, there have been many changes implemented as a result of the pandemic. One of the big extracurricular activities within the Upper School is the start of clubs and events, which has prompted the question: how will such activities run as we try to stay safe from the virus? In previous years, clubs met during the school day, around once a cycle during community block, lunch or C&C. But, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many clubs have had to adjust their ways of meeting, in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

Some co-heads are using Zoom meetings as a way for students to come together in their clubs. For instance, senior Nazareth Mehreteab, co-head of the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) club, noted that, “For N.O.W., we plan to hold bi-monthly club meetings via Zoom. I would also like to organize a digital conference later this school year!” Gallery club has taken a similar approach. Junior Mehak Dhaliwal said, “We are thinking of doing virtual meetings during C&C block on day 5.” On the other hand, some co-heads have thought of keeping meetings in person, with safety precautions in place. Junior Neha Kalra, co-head of GLOW, mentioned that they “are figuring out ways to meet as safely as possible with one of our options being meeting outdoors with social distance requirements.” Many clubs and extracurricular activities heads have been moving slowly so students can adjust to the new and different school year, but have begun the process of finding the best meeting times.

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