Excitement, nerves kick-off new school year during pandemic

Emily DeVito & WNYT Staff
Updated: September 14, 2020 09:04 PM
Created: September 14, 2020 06:58 PM

Remote or hybrid, Monday was the first day of classes for many schools across the Capital Region.

There was excitement and nerves as students in the Mechanicville City School District started the new year.


Junior/Senior High School Principal Mike Mitchell says it's been 185 days since they had classes in these buildings.

Students in kindergarten through 3rd grades arrived first at the elementary school.

Buses were nearly empty, but kids on them were socially distanced.

Students got their temperatures checked at the door and everyone had their masks on.

Over at the junior/senior high school, students in 4th through 6th grades were also getting their temperatures checked and are ready for changes.

Students in 7th through 12th grade will do a hybrid model, switching between one day of in-person, and one day of virtual learning.

The district also put out new guidelines, that if a student or staff member has coronavirus symptoms and is sent home, they must be cleared by their physicians before returning to school and provide proof of a negative coronavirus test.

Mitchell says they have spent hundreds of hours preparing for this.

Hear more about the preparation by watching the video of Emily DeVito's story.

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