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F1S students return to class

on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. Posted in Good life, News, Education, Local News

F1S students return to class
Briggs Elementary School teachers help students with protective face masks. Photo by Steve Camlin


 Students at Florence One Schools returned to class on Sept. 8 with numerous safety and health guidelines in place due the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While classrooms and curriculums look decidedly different, Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley feels confident the district is prepared for the upcoming year. 

The district has offered families two options heading into the school year: an alternating, cohort schedule and a virtual academy. 

The cohort option uses an A/B schedule to alternate when students are in a school building to receive instruction. On days they are not learning in the classroom, students will complete assignments from home using e-learning tools. 

The other option is the virtual academy, which allows students to complete their instruction remotely. 

Half of the district’s student’s chose the cohort option while the other half chose the virtual academy option. The District has roughly 16,000 students. 

Among the safety precautions being implemented at all schools are: 

• Masks must be worn at all times, with the exception of eating lunch. 

• Social distancing will be enforced at all times. 

• All students and staff will have their temperatures taken upon entrance to school building. 

• Staff will fill out a symptom checklist. Students with a temperature will be taken to an isolation room, before someone can pick them up. 

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