Updated: July 20, 2020 07:27 PM
Created: July 20, 2020 06:53 PM
TROY - When students come in the Catholic Central High School building one at a time, they'll stand at the automatic temperature readers, and then they'll be checked to make sure they're on the app for contact tracing.
The school is offering students the choice of learning in the school or from home, and they don't have to commit to one version.
"It's going to be a day-to-day decision for every single child, whether or not they're going to be online or if schools are allowed to be open or if they'll be here in person with us," said Principal Christopher Signor.
They've been doing direct instruction since day two of the shutdown.
Catholic Central's plan came out early, as officials hope to give families time to plan.
Schools like Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had a reopening schools forum, outlining a plan in which families would commit to virtual or in-person instruction for a semester, and they're considering delaying the start of kindergarten until January.
At Catholic Central, they're closing off lockers and removing water fountains.
They calculated they can fit up to 16 students socially distanced in a room.
"Teachers will be wearing masks moving throughout the building and face shields while they're instructing," said Signor. "And there's an eight-foot distance between the desks and where the teachers will be instructing."
Masks are required in all common areas, except while students are eating or sitting apart in class.
During the pandemic, enrollment at Catholic Central for next year is already up eight percent.
"There are people coming from all over that appreciate the direct instruction, appreciate the rigor of our academic program, appreciate the fact that we actually followed a curriculum that we were able to successfully get through by the end of the year," said Signor.
The school has a lot of space. The gym, the track room, and the library, among others, will all also serve as classrooms with social distancing.
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