Hosack discusses COVID-19 concerns, current plan for senior class events, rest of school year

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Dave Winter

The custodial staff begins a deep clean of the Mac campus on Friday March 13, wiping down the tables in the cafeteria. Originally the deep clean was to take place during spring break, but because of the districtwide cancellation of school on March 13, administrators decided to start the deep clean early. Photo by Dave Winter.

Stella Shenkman and Julia Kay Smith

In a very special edition of our podcast, co-hosts Stella Shenkman and JK Smith share a phone conversation with Principal Brandi Hosack today, in which they discussed how the current school year will unfold in the wake of changes enacted to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the end of the day, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that everyone is safe. … We can work through the academics together, but we all have to be safe and healthy first before we can do that.”

— principal Brandi Hosack

After soliciting questions from McCallum students and community members via the @Macjournalism Instagram account, Shenkman and Smith inquired about how the rest of the school year will play out: how online classes will work, how graduation will be impacted and what the school will do to protect the health and wellness of its students. During the phone interview Principal Hosack answered many students’ questions to the best of her knowledge as she, like all campus administrators from all over AISD, receives new information every day.

“I can only answer questions to the best of my ability right now because as you know our society is changing with basically a new set of circumstances every 24 hours,” Hosack said. “In the next couple of days of cancelled classes, I’m going to be in campus leadership conferences with other principals all day long to try and mitigate the growing situation.”

During the interview Principal Hosack confirmed that during the next two weeks of extended spring break, classes are completely cancelled in both the physical classroom as well as via the internet. She also informed the audience that during the two week extension teachers all over AISD will use this time to create lesson plans if digital learning should start on April 6.

“At the end of the day, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that everyone is safe,” Hosack said. “I promise you that your safety is at the forefront of [the district’s] mind. We can work through the academics together, but we all have to be safe and healthy first before we can do that.”

DISCLAIMER: Preaching and practicing social distancing, we conducted this interview over the phone, so the audio quality is not we have achieved in previous episodes in our podcast studio. We feel like the content of this interview made it worth sharing despite some audio issues that you may notice.