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Gibraltar students return to classroom

Over 30 Gibraltar elementary students entered classrooms for the first time on Monday since the district closed them due to the pandemic back in March. Students have been learning virtually since the beginning of September, but the adoption of new gating criteria last month allowed elementary school kids to begin attending in-person classes if allowed by their parents. Two groups will alternate days until Christmas break later this month with Kindergarten, first, and second grades heading to school first on Monday followed by the third, fourth, and fifth grades on Tuesday. Elementary school principal Brian Annen says even though it looks different, he is happy to see the kids back in the building again.

Annen says the challenge is now making sure the protocols they have set are followed so everyone remains safe. The district will rely on the gating criteria, which looks at the number of positive tests in its three census tracts of Northport, Gibraltar, and Egg Harbor/Baileys Harbor, until January 11th. At that point, both the elementary and secondary schools will be open for in-person instruction regardless of where threshold limits are on that date. Annen says approximately 60 percent of the district’s kids will be attending in-person instruction when they are all welcomed back.

 

Picture courtesy of Gibraltar Area Schools

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