School start-up took months of planning

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Easton Jones

Students walk to class on the first day of school.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in March, nobody knew whether or not school would start back in August. However, over the summer, teachers and administration started with the goal of getting students back in school. 

“We started planning everything by going off the state guidelines and also working with our local health authorities,” Principal Todd Marshall said. “They worked with us and helped us set up the sanitation stations around the school.”

While it might not seem like much is different — other than wearing a mask — there were a lot of things that had to be changed for students to be safe. 

“We spent a lot of time this summer with teachers in this building walking the hallways to see how transitioning between classes would work,” Marshall said. “We even had to measure every desk and rework the schedule to add a fourth lunch.”

On top of all these changes, the school still had to work out how online learning would operate.

“The state gave every student two options: remote or in-person learning,” Marshall said. “We had to set up all the cameras and teach the teachers how to use them and so far the remote learning has gone great. We expected a couple of kinks but there was nothing we couldn’t fix.” 

After all the work the staff has put in order to make in-person learning an option, school has finally started and students are back in ordinary classes. 

“We did everything we could do to give the students the opportunity to have as normal of a year as possible,” Marshall said. “I am just so proud of our students and teachers that I get kind of emotional about it.”