First Day of School in FPDS in Jackson, MS
It’s the first day for some of the schools in Mississippi, and while students, parents, teachers and school administration are faced with lots of unknowns during the COVID-19 outbreak, those at school are excited to go back to a new format of “normal” and are hopeful about the future. Here is what the first day of school looked like for First Presbyterian Day School in Jackson, MS.
The school administration came up with new carpool regulations to make sure it is done safely and efficiently, while everyone is complying with social-distancing rules. During the fall semester parents and childcare providers aren’t allowed on campus in efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. For that reason, instead of parents parking on the parking lot and walking their children into school, the drive-by drop off option was implemented and it proved to be rather successful.
There was no crowding, no mingling, no chatting. Students were dropped off and promptly directed into their classrooms by teachers on duty. One of the things that made the process so quick and efficient was also the help of volunteers. A few parents were helping during carpool, making sure the cars were moving along and the students knew where to go. It was especially helpful for those little ones, going to preschool or elementary school. Students mostly had big smiles on their faces, happy to be greeted by their friendly teachers. Under their masks and see-through shields, the teachers were smiling and it was clear everybody was glad to be back.
Last Friday, just a few days before school started, the students and their families came for a drive-by “Meet the Teacher” event in the school parking lot. This helped students feel a bit more at ease going into a new classroom today and walking into the school without a parent. The school put a lot of effort into making sure the students felt comfortable and safe going into school this morning.
For carpool pick-up the school came up with a different solution as well. Now the students will be dismissed in two groups, at different times, according to their carpool numbers. Siblings will be picked up at the same time on the same side of the school. This should help avoid traffic and make social-distancing easier. There will be kinks to work out and some traffic to deal with, but hopefully with some adjustments this process can be improved.
Overall, the mood is optimistic and uplifting and it feels good to be back to school after the longest spring break in the history. Congratulations to all the students, parents, teachers, and school administration on the beginning of 2020-2021 school year!
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