The coronavirus has created a back-and-forth between whether in-class instruction or cyber schooling or a hybrid is the way to go as summer vacation dwindles for students and teachers.
Some schools plan to allow in-class instruction if their county remains in the green phase, but others have vowed to stick with online instruction for now.
What will schools do about in-class supplies? You know, the extensive list of must- haves that teachers normally hand out the first day of class.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been revising protocol for schools if they return to in-person instruction. Here’s what they’ve relayed about shared objects in a classroom setting:
- Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
- Keep each child’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
- Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch materials to the extent possible (e.g., assigning each student their own art supplies, equipment) or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use.
- Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids.
Whether you’re the parent who knocks out the supply list during summer or is shuffling through store aisles Monday night after the first day of class, here’s how some Pennsylvania schools are handling materials this upcoming school year.
The Southern York County School released information regarding what their elementary school building would look like if York County remains in the green phase.
All school supplies would be provided to students with the exception of a backpack and lunch box.
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The West Shore School District has designated days in mid-August to get devices, textbooks, materials and supplies to students. Parents who want to supplement those supplies are free to get other materials.
According to the school district, if your family can use assistance from the district in obtaining these supplies or others (backpacks, jackets, etc.), the are advised to contact the child’s teacher or school counselor.
Face-to-face instruction will be the structure for students in K-9, and those in grade 10 through 12 will have a mix of online learning and in-person instruction.
For the elementary school, the child’s teacher will contact parents about a supply list. The district supplied a list of necessary materials for middle school children.
Jasmine Vaughn-Hall is a reporter in central Pennsylvania. She’s dishing out most-talked about topics, features, and taco fandom. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-495-1789 and follow her on Twitter @jvaughn411.
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