There was a great deal of uncertainty with the COVID crisis. Families were anxious about school, yet we opened and it wente wonderfully well - despite the incredible obstacles.
When did you open?
We opened on August 24 for 1st through 12th and August 25th for kindergarten.
Were you physically open with a long distance learning option?
Yes. Families had a choice: in-school learning with social distancing or at-home learning with a live feed into the classroom.
How did you 'social distance' in a school?
With lots of planning and a measuring tape! This wa a unique problem because schools are designed to be space efficient.
- Six foot spacing between students to the greatest extent possible.
- Custom plexiglass partitions and face shields.
- Picture 'see-through plexiglass' barriers 4 by 3 feet in between two adjacent desks, separated from other desks by six feet.
To Keep Everyone Healthy
- There were plexiglass barriers in the classrooms (some from ceiling/some on the desks)
- Face shields were provided for classroom students.
- Mandatory masks
- Ban of all non-students in the building - to cut down on hallway traffic
- Health checks... students and teachers were be subject to temperature screenings upon entering.
- No large groups were permitted
- Suspension of field trips
What happened when a student came down with COVID?
- That student was quarantined; went goes on-line for the CDC approved period of time.
What about DAYCARE?
We offered a slimmed-down version of daycare for parents who need this service.