ES students, teachers return to class

Thursday, August 27, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

Carroll County public schools opened their doors to students for the first time since mid-March on Monday after closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students and teachers finished the 2019-20 school year online but on-site instruction resumed Monday, and Eureka Springs superintendent Bryan Pruitt reported a smooth start to the new year.

Pruitt said the students seem to be handling the new rules well.

"I've been in all the buildings looking around, and the kids are excited to be back," Pruitt said. "Everywhere I went, the kids were well-behaved, and kept spaced out. ... So far, it's been pretty uneventful."

Pruitt said the only time when it was a little difficult to keep everyone distanced was during the temperature checks in the morning, but he thinks they will quickly get the hang of it. He said the temperature checks started at around 7:30 a.m. and everyone was inside by 8 a.m.

Eureka Springs is bringing its students in on a divided schedule this week, alternating groups on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All the districtís students will attend on Wednesday.

Pruitt said the district is also giving the students around two weeks to decide if they want to switch from virtual to on-site or vice versa.

"We're being really flexible, so if anybody wants to switch we're going to be accommodating," Pruitt said.

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