Albany school determined to teach in person amid pandemic

ALBANY, Ga. – For many students in the community, today marks the first day of school. And the first day of school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Masked faces, sanitizer and sneeze guards.

For an undetermined amount of time, this is what classrooms look like for the students at Emmanuel Junior Academy.

Yvette Cooper  

“It has taken some extra time, effort and money but we feel that it’s important for our children to be safe and still have that face to face education so that our students can reach their potential,” says Principal Yvette Cooper.

When in-person instruction came to an abrupt end in march, Principal Cooper says some of her students had a hard time adjusting.

“A lot of students had difficulty mastering the information, just being able to complete their work and have a thorough understanding of what the teacher was trying to get across.”

Which is why now, students are back in the classrooms.

“We made sure that we got rid of the traditional desks and we purchased tables that once we put those tables together, they automatically were 6 feet apart, we purchased the sneeze guards… they will talk to each other so that’s an extra barrier for protection, they’re wearing their masks all the time.”

And the kids will be outside as much as possible.

Another step the school is taking is making sure the entire building gets doused in a sanitizing solution nightly.