Updated: September 29, 2020 08:36 AM
Created: September 29, 2020 05:17 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We know the coronavirus has changed so much with school, especially in the classrooms, but what about extracurricular activities?
Allendale Columbia has been open for about three weeks now, and the interim head of the school says it's been smooth sailing. So far, there's been no coronavirus cases and they are working hard to make sure students get the full experience, especially when it comes to extracurricular activities.
Interim Head of School Shannon Baudo says music and the arts are very important for students, so they’ve made sure to offer it.
According to Baudo, many chorus, band and theatre classes are being held in the auditorium with students 12 feet apart, as opposed to 6 feet apart, while wearing masks.
She also says that while Allendale provides some students with instruments, they are rented individually to each family and sanitized every day, so there's no cross-contamination.
"I will give kudos to our music instructors especially because they really wanted to make sure that they could continue to offer that for our students, and they say that there's nothing better than hearing the sound of music during this, you know, abnormal time," Baudo said. “So it's been really fun for our kids, and they say they recognize that some schools aren't able to offer it, so they're really appreciative of the fact that they can continue to do band and chorus here at AC."
Fall sports could start this week in Monroe County, but Baudo says they decided to not offer the typical fall sports this season for safety reasons. Instead, the school is doing intramural sports in the interim for students beginning this week.
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