WOODBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - East Allen County Schools is adjusting to new COVID-19 guidelines for schools.
Superintendent Marilyn Hissong says they’ve implemented a number of changes
"Well we’ve definitely spread the desks out in the classrooms. We have students that are spread out in our cafeteria. Some of our buildings have created another lunch period so it would mean less students," Hissong explained. "Some of our elementary buildings, some students are having recess before lunch and some are having it after lunch."
The other thing some in-person students are having to get used to are plexiglass barriers between students.
Students and teachers working virtually are having to adjust as well.
Berry Ehle, a biology teacher at Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School has been a teacher for 35 years.
He says the first day of being both an in-person and virtual teacher went pretty well, but there was concern it wouldn’t.
Ehle said "We don’t really have a whole lot of experience with doing both at the same time, so it’s obviously going to evolve as we go through this and we get better at it. The first week is probably going to be a little less exciting for the virtual kids, but we’ll get there."
For lauren Braun, she's teaching 15 students, all virtual. She says a lot of her day was giving out technology instructions, but she was able to do a lesson or two.
"Today I actually just did a read aloud with the students. I asked them questions along the way. We didn’t make things super extensive just because it’s brand new, so I did a read aloud with them and then I introduced them to one of their first that they could get on and try tonight with parents," Braun said.
If COVID springs up, Hissong says the plan is to impact as few students as possible with the closing of some, or all parts of school buildings, but if it’s district-wide, she hopes their elearning will help them, but as they learn how to navigate new teaching methods, Hissong is asking for patience.
"We’re need some grace along the way as we start up with the digital, the virtual learning and we’re going to continue to get better at it and I’ve told parents just as students learn, our teachers are learning right now, but overall, we’re off to a great start," Hissong said.