Schools are still planning to open their doors as well as provide online learning for students. Estill County High School has implemented multiple methods to ensure that students and faculty stay safe and healthy, despite the ongoing pandemic.
Principal Josh Yost explained what staff and faculty have been doing in order to prepare for the first day of classes.
Some of the bigger changes students will see this year include the implementation of one-way paths (including hallways and stairways), alternation of student schedules, and serving of meals in classrooms. Yost says that these new measures are a way to both minimize the amount of physical contact throughout the building and to ensure proper social distancing is achieved.
ECHS, much like many other public and private schools nationwide, will offer a hybrid of in-person educational courses and online “remote learning” sessions. Interactive materials and new computer programs are just some of the tools being used by educators to reach out to the roughly 670 enrolled students at home.
Yost adds that temperature checks will be conducted at student entrance points and an “isolation room” for students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be introduced this upcoming school year.
“Our first priority everyday is to make sure the students are healthy and safe at school”, Yost says. “We will take every precaution following state and CDC guidelines to make sure we provide that environment for our students.”