By Nicole Shromoff
Returning to school in September, seemed a little different than what I have been used to for the past eleven years. Making school a safe learning environment is a very important aspect in the time of the coronavirus. Upon entering Stratford, temperatures are checked and slips of paper are handed out to ensure that your temperature is not above 99 degrees.
When walking down the halls, there are stickers indicating which side of the hall you should walk on. Keeping students a minimum of 6 feet apart is every teacher’s priority in their classrooms. The maximum number of students allowed in each class is currently fifteen. Teachers must clean and sanitize the desks and materials after each class before the next class arrives. Class materials are very limited. Things like colored pencils, rulers, and calculators are not supposed to be used and classes such as science, culinary arts, and automotive technology are not able to participate in labs. This makes it difficult for students to learn through hands-on activities.
Lunch is eaten in the classrooms with a few exceptions of groups who get to eat in the cafeteria. Although school is much different, Stratford’s faculty and staff continue to make the environment still feel like home. Our school is very welcoming and they have done a great job planning events such as the Halloween night, Homecoming pep rally, and spirit week to keep all students involved.