Tell City-Troy Township students are back in school
And the schools had their smoothest drop off day ever on Tuesday, August. 4th.
“The parents just did a great job, I mean honestly,” said superintendent John Scioldo. “We didn’t see any of that confusion. They listened to the emails. They lined up and qued the way we wanted to que. Kids got out of the vehicles — bounced into the buildings with smiling faces.”
And while they are taking safety seriously, including adding a misting machine to sanitize rooms, they aren’t requiring random temperature checks like other schools, instead, asking parents to monitor their kids for symptoms.
“We have 1,400 students at this point and then another 200 staff members,” Scioldo said. “And we can do temperature checks all day, but we’re not here for that. We’re here to teach.”
Of course, students in grades three or higher are required to wear a mask, but there were a select few high school students who lowered their masks, hugging their friends outside of the building during drop-off.
And while the school corporation wants these students to socially distance, they also understand they need that human interaction.
“You know, they’re kids and they haven’t seen each other for six months — so, we knew that was going to be an issue,” Scioldo said. “You want to go running up to somebody and hug them and tell them you’re proud of them or happy to see them.”
And while teachers will be monitoring students, there isn’t a set punishment.
“But, the teachers will be out in the hallway and if they see people with their masks down over their nose or something like that,” Scioldo said. “They’ll remind them to mask up or say, ‘Hey split, apart a little bit. We don’t want to turn this into an institutional setting either.”
If a student does contract Covid-19, they must quarantine for at least ten days. As for now, the superintendent says there is no magic number of positive cases that would shut them down.