Students head back to school at Allendale Columbia

Raven Brown
Updated: September 08, 2020 11:39 AM
Created: September 08, 2020 06:39 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After six months, Tuesday is the first day of school for students at Allendale Columbia.

As the district is reopening amid the pandemic with a bump in enrollment, there are some limitations and safety precautions in place. 

For starters, the district will be requiring every student to complete an online health screening every single day.

For the first two weeks, Allendale will be sending a reminder to students so they don't forget.  According to school officials, the screening must be completed by anyone who enters the building. 

As they come into the building, students will also need to sanitize and get their temperature checked before they head to class. 

Additionally, all students must wear a mask when they are walking through the building and when they are in class.

While students won’t have to wear a mask during scheduled breaks and lunchtime, the district said that neck gaiters and bandanas will not be allowed.

However, students are encouraged to bring yoga mats and camp chairs as the school looks to re-imagine indoor instruction with outdoor learning. 

"A lot of families were just wanting that in-person learning," Interim Head of School Shannon Baudo said. "They wanted something different. They saw that maybe remote learning didn't work for their child or that their public school didn't provide what they were hoping to get out for the Spring semester."

Lunchtime will also look a little different this fall.

According to the school, all meals will be prepared and packaged and then delivered to each classroom where teachers will distribute the meals to students. Students are also allowed to pack their lunch this year.

For full back to school coverage, click here. 

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