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East Irondequoit CSD prepares classrooms for social distancing

Raven Brown
Updated: August 04, 2020 05:19 PM
Created: August 04, 2020 04:09 PM

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WHEC) — East Irondequoit Central School District has been working hard in readjusting their classrooms for students for back to school.

“We want to make sure that we have classroom spaces that are configured to allow for all of the requirements that are outlined in the CDC guidelines along with DOH," Superintendent Mary Grow said. 

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Like many districts, Grow said they have three models. The first will be a 100% return to in-person instruction for Pre-K through 5th grade. The second is a hybrid instructional plan for grades 6 through 12 and the third is an all-remote instruction plan.

“We’ve really been very mindful putting together classrooms that have the 6 feet required space really trying to be mindful of how we're planning for special areas physical education things of that nature,” Grow said. 

As far as a new look, classrooms at this level used to be set up with more flexibility allowing space for collaboration and smaller group instruction. Common areas such as rugs for students to sit on are no longer in the classrooms.

“Now we're going backwards to this kind of traditional everybody sits at a desk classroom environment and it's somewhat discouraging because honestly we've worked so hard and our teachers have really just done such a phenomenal job instructionally in changing how they deliver content to students by having students working very collaboratively, our youngest kiddos sit together at tables and now that's completely different,” Grow said. 

Grow said they're ready to adjust to this new way of learning until things can get back to normal. 


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