March 11, 2021 -- After almost a year of virtual learning, Columbus City Schools students in middle and high school will soon be heading back into classrooms.
Students in grades 6, 11, and 12, divided in two cohort groups, will return on March 15 and March 18.
Meanwhile, students in grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 will return on March 22 and March 25.
Principal Jennifer Meade and the staff at Wedgewood Middle School are ready for a safe return.
“We are extremely excited to have our 6th grade students back starting the week of March 15th,” said Meade. "They are the students that are most nervous. To be able to have the opportunity for them to walk the halls, take tours, ask as many questions -- I know they were the most excited of all three grade-levels.”
Students will have to adjust to new COVID-19 safety guidelines, but teachers have made it simple for students to follow.
When entering the building and walking in the hallway, students will be required to stay six feet apart.
“We have hand sanitizer that is always out, and the hallways are marked, so students know to walk on the right side of the hallway at all times.”
Students will be allowed to use their lockers as a place to store their personal belongings.
“They will leave their book bag, their coats, everything in their locker. They will be given bags where they can put their Chromebooks and any of the needed school supplies. At the end of the day, warrior bags, school supplies are placed in their lockers for safekeeping until the next time students return.”
Students will sit in assigned seats inside the classroom, and desks will be wiped down between each class period.
“We have been really thoughtful about where students sit, how to transition students between class bells. We have done training on how to disinfect our seats, our chairs, our tables between classes. More importantly, just being there for our students and listening to their concerns and really calm their nerves. The more excited we are, the more excited they will be.”