Posted Date: 09/01/2020
The 2020-21 school year began all around the district on August 19 with students and staff alike experiencing the new systems adopted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students opting for online learning remained at home while those who chose in-person instruction came back on campus for the first nine weeks.
The students and staff who are on campus are now required to wear masks throughout the day, follow social distancing guidelines, and take proper sanitation action in between classes.
“All in all, I think the first day went amazingly,” Principal Demetric Wells said. “The students should be commended as many students followed the guidelines on the first day.”
One of the more drastic changes for in-person classes is the shortened class periods, which now only last 35 minutes compared to the previous 47 minute classes.
“I think most students enjoyed the shorter class periods,” Wells said. “It also allows the teachers to focus more on the details in class and keeps everyone on point.“
Many of the changes on campus were focused on providing more options for the student to be sanitary, such as adding hand sanitizing dispensers on each door and adding plexiglass to some of the rooms along with dozens of other additions.
“The biggest challenge will be maintaining social distancing ,” Assistant Principal Todd Fuchec said. “By nature, we are social creatures. If we can keep fighting that urge, we will be in good shape.”
Despite the restrictions, senior Melissa Martin feels relieved to have some normalcy after many weeks of unknown future.
“It’s nice to finally be able to have a routine after all of the quarantine,” Melissa said. “I think the safety regulations can work, and I feel happy to be back in the classroom while being safe.”
Students who chose online at-home instruction will have the opportunity to return to in-person learning once the second nine weeks begins.