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Florence sees success at first day back to school

The district is on an alternating schedule.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 3:27 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 9:30 PM

On Thursday, half of the students in the Florence City School District went to traditional class for the first time in months.

The district is on an alternating schedule for the first part of the school year. Students will have a mix of virtual and traditional classes until October.

"We've been planning for this for so long. It was almost like, okay, I don't think we can plan anymore. We've just got to get the kids back," said Lydia Barnett, a Florence Middle School math teacher.

Barnett said she had 14 students in her classroom on Thursday. That's about half of what she normally has.

"It's totally different. The interactions aren't the same. We're gonna have a good learning curve and trying to get used to that part of it and not working together as much as far as the students," said Barnett.

Barnett said she misses her full classes with all of her students but said she felt prepared for class and safe while she was there because of the district's planning and cleaning policies.

"The most heartwarming thing or encouraging thing I've seen is really the way our teachers, administrators and staff to make all of this work. Even when there were questions or concerns, I saw teachers, administrators and staff members all jump in and just helps kids to feel relieved," said Superintendent Dr. Jimmy Shaw.

On Fridays, all students will be virtual. The district's other half of students will have their first traditional day on Monday.

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