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WHEN YOU COME BACK.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST SCHOOL

DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTRY TO

RETURN IN THE MIDST OF THIS

PANDEMIC.

IM JOINED BY PRINCIPAL MOAN

NAME MAPLES.

YOURE VERY BUSY.

EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THIS IS

WORKING.

ITS NOT ALL STUDENTS COMING

BACK AT THE SAME TIME.

>> WERE REALLY PRETTY MUCH

VIRTUAL WITH EVERY STUDENT

EXCEPT THE STUDENTS THAT CHOSE

FACE-TO-FACE ARE ON A FIVE-DAY

STAGGER.

THEY COME ONCE A WEEK.

>> WERE TALKING NO MORE THAN

TEN TOGETHER.

>> NO MORE THAN TEN TOGETHER.

ITS A ONE-TO-FIVE TEACHER-STEW

INTO RATIO.

WHEN ITS TEN, WERE MOVING IN

COHORTS AND KEEPING EXPOSURE

DOWN.

>> Reporter: THIS IS SUCH A BIG

STRUGGLE FOR SO MANY DISTRICTS

AROUND THE COUNTRY.

THEYRE TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT TO

DO AND HOW TO DO IT.

WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU

CONFIDENT YOU WERE READY TO COME

BACK AND DO SO SAFELY?

>> IT IS A STRUGGLE AND NOT AN

EASY DECISION.

OUR ADMINISTRATION, DIRECTOR OF

SCHOOLS SPENT A LOT OF TIME

TALKING WITH EXPERTS, TALKING

WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT,

REACHING OUT TO THE STATE FOR

GUIDANCE, TRYING TO GET AS MUCH

INFORMATION AS SHE COULD AND

MAKE THE IS THAT RIGHTEST CHOICE

SHE COULD.

OUR NUMBERS IN THIS AREA WERE

ALSO A REALLY IMPORTANT FACTOR.

SHE WAS WATCHING THOSE DAILY TO

MAKE SURE, IF THEY WERE GOING UP

OR DOWN AND HOW WE FELT

COMFORTABLE WITH IT.

THATS HOW WE ENDED UP ON A

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE.

THEY WERE SLIGHTLY UP.

JUST TO BE SAFE AND MAKE SURE WE

HAD EXTRA PRECAUTION, WE WENT TO

THE FIVE-DAY STAGGER THROUGH

LABOR DAY.

>> Reporter: YOU HAVE HERE IN

THE CITY LESS THAN 300 CASES.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE

PRECAUTIONS INSIDE.

THE DESKS ARE SPREAD OUT.

THEY CAN WEAR MASKS, STRONGLY

SUGGESTED.

BUT ALL THE ADMINISTRATEDERS,

ALL THE ADULTS ARE WEARING

MASKS.

HOW ARE PEOPLE DEALING WITH THIS

SO FAR?

>> I WENT AROUND THE SCHOOL THAT

CHECK AR ON EVERYBODY.

WE DONT ASSUME THEY KNOW HOW TO

WASH THEIR HANDS CORRECTLY OR

WEAR THEIR MASKS CORRECTLY.

WE TEACH THOSE PROCEDURES.

THEYRE TEACHING THEM HOW TO

SPREAD OUT AWAY FROM EACH OTHER

AND SOCIAL DISTANCE.

ITS VERY CALM IN THERE.

HAVING THOSE SMALL NUMBERS, ITS

QUIET AND CALM AND EVERYBODY IS

PERFECTLY WELL BEHAVED.

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