First Day of In-person learning off to impressive start
The first day of in-person learning with the red group ran well, after all kinds of preparations were made to safeguard students and staff. The red group followed precautions - masking up, bringing water bottles to school to avoid drinking out of water fountains, eating pre-packaged foods for breakfast and lunch, and observing temperature checks as they entered their school buildings.
The Transportation Department reported the buses ran smoothly. Siblings sat together on the buses and students spread out with K-12 students wearing masks.
It was not uncommon for students to be delighted with their new surroundings, especially at the newly renovated wing of Monticello Elementary School and the brand new state-of-the-art Wayne County Area Technology Center.
“I’m blown away,” remarked fifth grader Mason Adkins, as he picked up his breakfast at one of the kiosks operated by the food service department in the newly designed open area inside the Monticello Elementary building. Students were allowed to briefly take off their masks to eat their breakfast inside their classrooms, before listening to the morning announcements and starting on their instructional day.
Students acclimated very easily because they had already established a relationship with their teachers, after working online from home. They have the advantage of already being in the midst of their studies and understanding the expectations, so the instructional side of their day was much easier than an actual first day of school.
Special thanks to parents and guardians for working with the school district and preparing their children attending in-person classes to observe all the safety guidelines in place.
Enrollment is 3,159, with daily attendance figures being fluid since virtual students do not check into school at the same time in-person students are recorded.
4th grader Jason Hernandez paused while Teacher Autumn Bertram wrote his bus number on his hand
4th grader Sierra Corder got her temperature checked by Family Resource Center staff member Lisa Roberts
5th grader Mason Adkins said he was shocked and blown away by the school remodeling project as he approached the new open area inside the school where a kiosk was located for breakfast.
Maria Cooper at breakfast got adjusted to her new classroom with the help of her teacher Hannah Parmley while her classmates were eating breakfast at their desks
3rd grader Isabella Baker was welcomed by her Teacher Sarah Bertram
Skylar Branscum got some instruction from her Teacher Karen Blevins
3rd grader Daryn Garner picks up her breakfast at one of the conveniently located breakfast kiosks operated by the food service department.
4th grader Nevaeh Dishman got her breakfast to take to her classroom
3rd grade Teacher Sydney Hicks helped Braelyn Gregory unpack her bookbag.
4th grader Trintin Godsey fills up his water bottle at one of the new stations while Principal Virginia Cares looked on.
Jackson Chaplin with Teacher Letitia Brown