At drop off, parents said they were disappointed that they were not allowed to escort their children to their classrooms.
“I want to meet her teacher,” said Shirley Johnson, whose granddaughter is in the second grade. “The pandemic has messed up everything. I’m praying they have a good day at school.”
Travis’ dad, Michael Shelton, said he was worried about the community not following COVID-19 guidelines and sending kids to school when they get sick.
“I’m excited he’s getting the experience, but I’m a little nervous,” said Shelton, a security officer for BJC HealthCare.
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Travis had no nerves as he showed off his new “black shoes just like my daddy” on the way to music class. During a pit stop at the bathrooms, he briefly wandered into the girls’ side before getting redirected. He also learned to hold his arms out while walking in line to keep the right distance.
“If you can touch somebody, you’re too close,” Versen told her class.
The students will eat breakfast and lunch each day in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria. They have individual pouches filled with school supplies instead of sharing from a communal shelf.
Principal Deborah Rogers, in her third year at Patrick Henry, said the first day of school brought “very normal” snafus, including an absent security guard, late breakfast service and a few kids who started off in the wrong classrooms. Last year, school began online and gradually brought back most students by the end of the year.
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