First day of school adapts to Coronavirus

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Pre-Kindergarten students at the Oak Forest Elementary School are learning the proper way to move from their classroom to the cafeteria or other locations on campus during the first day of school, last Wednesday. Although, they haven’t yet mastered how to distance themselves from each other, it will come in time. Photo Courtesy of Sally Andrews

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As students arrive at the Vidor High School on their first day back at school since last March, the camera captured many of them putting on facemasks as they approach the front door of their school. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott requires all students, over-ten-years-old to wear a facemask while attending a Texas public school. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

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For the return of students to their classrooms for the first time since spring break of last school year, the Texas Governor mandated that all public school students, age 11 and older should wear a facemask whenever they are on campus. On the first day of school at Vidor Junior High School last week, almost all of the students in this classroom were properly masked and ready to learn. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

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One of the COVID-19 safety protocols adopted by the Vidor I.S.D. for the return of students to their classrooms last week was restricting campuses to students and staff only, no visitors. Oak Forest Elementary School Assistant Principal Kyra Day assists this unidentified Pre-Kindergarten student out of her mother’s pick-up truck on the first day of school as mom stays in the truck. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

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When kids returned to their classrooms at Pine Forest Elementary on the first day of school last week, they found footprint silhouettes pasted to the hallway floors to remind them to stay to the right when walking down the hallways. This is one of the COVID-19 safety protocols adopted on several Vidor I.S.D. campuses. Photo courtesy Sally Andrews

The first day of “in the classroom” instruction for Vidor I.S.D. students was different from previous year’s first days of school, but children quickly adapted to COVID-19 protocols. All students over age 10 were wearing facemasks and, whenever possible, most students and teachers were practicing social distancing in their classrooms, hallways and common rooms like cafeterias, libraries and gymnasiums.

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