West Royalty students return to school after COVID-19 shutdown

West Royalty Elementary School reopened on Monday after being closed for a week due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

A growing number of people linked to the school have tested positive and, last week, more than 500 close contacts were in isolation.

Principal Marilyn MacLean said Monday’s reopening was bittersweet as only 48% of students returned to classes in person. It is not known how many absent students are isolated at home and how many are at home by choice, she said.

Principal Marilyn MacLean says the first day back went well. (Sheehan Desjardins / CBC)

“We were thrilled to see these students, but we also miss that the remaining 52 percent of our students are not here,” said MacLean.

“It’s like being part of a family and going to an event and not having your whole family at that event. So we look forward to the time when we can all be together here at school.”

Separate offices, cohorts

Students who returned to class on Monday found additional health protocols in place, including separate offices, student cohorts and improved cleaning.

Leah Classen said her daughter, who is in sixth grade, is eager to go back to school. She said she had little hesitation in sending her daughter back to class.

Leah Classen’s daughter was delighted to be returning to school. (Sheehan Desjardins / CBC)

“With all the information we got – they gave us all the communication with the cleanup. Just knowing how well things were handled before, it feels like everyone is watching, everyone is also in. safety as possible for these little ones. “

MacLean said the reopening went well, but they’re not out of the woods yet – a few full classrooms are still isolated. For them, distance learning will continue.

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