Returning to school during a pandemic is concerning for a multitude of reasons: the unknowns of how long we’ll be able to continue in person, the constant possibility of getting sick or spreading the virus, the potential loss of another school year and sports season.
All things considered, we feel USD 329 is doing all that it reasonably can to keep us safe and in school.
Only starting school the past week, we haven’t had much time to see the safety precautions in practice but in theory there are lots of new rules to keep us safe and healthy. Teachers and staff are taking these precautions very seriously and many students also comply with the rules. Though nobody likes wearing masks, it is critical that we all do our part and follow these procedures to ensure the health of our school and community.
New precautions in place to protect the health of students and staff include:
• Requiring masks in all district buildings.
• Stations with hand sanitizer in all classrooms.
• Open lunch was also given back to juniors in the hopes that it will ensure social distancing.
• Air purifiers, temperature checks, and daily health screenings.
• Sports will follow KSHSAA guidelines.
• Limiting the lunchroom to three students per table and opening the old gym for use during lunch.
With all the boundaries set in place, it will be up to the students and staff to do their part in keeping their peers healthy.
Being such a small school, we are naturally more distant from each other, but that does not mean we can be complacent. Activities such as hand washing and sanitizing are up to the students individually, so we all need to take personal responsibility for everyone’s health.
Though this is a very confusing and scary time, there are lots of things we can do to make it a little easier for everyone. No matter what opinions you have it is up to all of us to work together to keep our school safe enough to continue in-person classes and stop the spread of COVID-19. Many students thrive with in-person learning and it may be a struggle for some to continue online. Without a doubt, we all have the same end goal in mind: returning our lives to normal and navigating this crisis as safely as possible.
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