PUEBLO, Colo. — On Monday, Pueblo School District 60 elementary school students returned to in-person learning after nearly two months of remote learning.
Middle schools also reopened on a hybrid platform, students will spend two days in the classroom and two days completing their work remotely.
The Spring semester started with two weeks of remote learning to mitigate any possible illness picked up on holiday break.
Amanda Coatney, a second-grade teacher at Bradford Elementary School said many students are excited to be with their peers again.
“A majority of them really enjoy coming back, on Thursday when I let them go they were hooting and hollering and ready to be back in-person. They don’t mind the masks, they don’t mind the distancing, because they still are more connected in a classroom than they are over a camera,” said Ms. Coatney.
“Our kids have had to adjust so many times,” said Bradford Principal Sandra Alvarez.
Though there are smiles under these masks, Bradford said there is serious work to be done.
“We’ve spent quite a few weeks now, planning how to get our kids caught up because some fo the gap have been horrendous,” said Principal Alvarez.
“We had to pick and choose what was the best part of the lesson to teach, because there wasn’t enough time to teach everything,” said Ms. Coatney.
“This year has been really challenging, for any industry but public education has taken the brunt of this,” said Dalton Sprouse D-6-‘s spokesperson. “We have the lives of our youngsters involved here, so we want to make sure we’re taking extra precautions so that if that means we need to quarantine a classroom for a period of time we’ll do it.”
Though the kids are excited to be back teachers say they are adjusting to the new routine: temp checks, face masks, and sanitation stations; but many say it sure beats waving to their classmates over WiFi.
D-60 high schoolers are also set to return to a in-person hybrid schedule on Monday, Jan. 25.
In the fall, all high school students in Pueblo School District 60 began learning from home on Nov. 11, 2020. Younger students moved to remote learning after the Thanksgiving Break Nov. 30, 2020.