New school year to start with new safety measures in place

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For the first time since March, in-person classes will resume in Harrison County Schools on Thursday. However, schools will not look or operate the same as they did in the spring.

Students will be welcomed back to D’Iberville High School Thursday. However, the first day of school this year will look much different than in year’s past. Everyone who enters the building will be required to wear a mask as well as have their temperature checked.

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Masks are to be used in any instance in which six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In the classroom, students will not share materials and strict seating charts will be kept. Desks, chairs, and other classroom items will also be regularly sanitized.

New safety measures will be enforced in common areas such as the hallways. U.S. History Teacher Kristi Roberts said, “We also have precautions in place where they will be picking up lunches and be eating lunches in classroom. We have contraflow plans where kids will be moving in one direction and at staggered times just to try to limit crowd control in the hallway.”

While virtual learning is an option for students, D’Iberville High School Biology Teacher Anna Hansen assures in-person learning will be much the same. “We do have some precautions and policies and regulations that will be put in place for the traditional learning environment, but for the most part this year’s going to be as traditional as we can make it.”

With all these new rules and regulations students may be feeling more anxious than usual to start the school year. However, Hansen says everyone, even the teachers, are getting use to these new procedures and this new normal. “It is going to be new. It is going to be different. But the good thing is that it’s all new and different for all of us. No one is left out or feeling worried by themselves.”

“There are a lot of changes, so things are going to look a little bit different for the kids, but we hope that they’ll be just as excited to see us as we are to see them.”

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