Good Shepherd Catholic Students Coping Well With New Safety Guidelines

While the fear of children contracting Covid-19 is still strong, it hasn’t stopped elementary and middle schools from reopening in the Tri-State, including students at Good Shepherd Catholic School on Thursday, Aug. 6th.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 5:38 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 8:28 AM

Being unable to physically walk their kindergarteners to class the first day of school was tough for parents at Good Shepherd Catholic School.


But they understand it’s a necessary measure.


“The kids were ready to come and if we can do it a safer way,” said Ben Joergens, who has a kindergartner and third grader at the school. “That’s totally fine by me and their mom.”


Instead, parents drove their cars up one by one to drop off their kids -- with teachers helping to unbuckle them from their car seats.


“We have four sets of twins in kindergarten this year,” said kindergarten teacher Debbie Achillies. “And they were prepared to come in and the parents helped.”


And while the learning environment has changed -- with desks spread six feet apart and hand sanitizer stations outside each classroom, the teacher’s dedication to their students, has remained the same.


"It is very different, but it is a great challenge to wrap my mind around teaching teaching in a new way in a new setting,” said music teacher Anna Creek. “Even if it's the same students -- to just kind of approach things from a fresh perspective."


One of the biggest questions for parents and educators as they welcome back the youngest children into the classrooms is will they be able to wear a mask all day.


"We were worried -- would they enjoy wearing their mask or would they even wear it,” Joergens said. “For them, it has been no bother at all. I think it seems to bother adults more than it does children. And they were proud to do it and they even make it a little fashion statement."


But the worry of someone in the building contracting the virus still lingers.


"We have the normal concerns any parent would have about the unknown the covid- and not knowing exactly what is going on,” said parent Marcy Groves. “It’s a very fluid and moving situation.”


“If a student or staff member does contract Covid-19, Good Shepherd Officials will work with the Vanderburgh County Health Department and start contact tracing immediately to identify anyone else who may have been exposed.

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