As the numbers of covid- 19 cases are starting to decline, many schools in California are re-opening. Rosemont Middle School has been preparing since January, and almost all of the staff members have been fully vaccinated. Many students are eager to go back and start their campus life once again.
Rosemont Middle School set April 26 as the first day back for all students. The returning students were pre-divided into two groups, Cohort A & B, and will come to school on different days. Cohort A will come on campus on Monday and Tuesday while Cohort B will come on Thursdays and Fridays. All teachers and students are required to attend school over Zoom on Wednesdays so that the district can do a thorough cleaning of the campus. The timestamps for classes are all the same, except for the class before lunch break. Usually, all classes start at 9:00 A.M., while the second class starts at 10:40 A.M. Because students cannot eat lunch at school, after the second class ends, parents must come and pick up their children to go back home. They will eat their lunches there and end the day with the last class online over Zoom.
Every day a student comes to school, they will first have to fill out a survey to explain how they are feeling. Next, they will arrive at school, and staff members will check their temperatures to make sure it is normal. After, they will be sent to the amphitheater, which is in the middle of the campus, and will have to stand on a “star” that is painted on the grounds. Rosemont made these markers so that the returning students know exactly how far 6-feet is. Once it is 9:00 A.M., teachers will come out to the theater and lead their students to their classroom. For the first few weeks of school, teachers will have to keep taking their students so that they are familiar with where to go. When the day ends, the students will be led out so that they can go home for lunch.
Kira Lee, a 7th- grader going to Rosemont Middle School described, “I think that going back to school is fine because most adults have already gotten the COVID vaccine, and it‘s tnow available to most people. Also, everyone will be wearing masks, and the equipment is cleaned after every class, so sanitation shouldn’t be a problem.”
Rosemont Middle School has been doing great at teaching their students online, but are willing to bring back students because they know they are eager to return. Therefore, they have taken all the precautions so that everyone can stay safe and do not come out as positive when they take the Covid-19 test.