For the first time since mid-March, the sound of chatter has returned to the classrooms and hallways as the Bronxville School welcomed its students back in person on Sept. 14. While the highly anticipated day looked a little different, it was still filled with excitement for learning and the joy of being reunited with friends and teachers.
Upon arrival, students wore their masks, had their temperatures taken and made their way down the hallways that were marked with arrows directing one-way traffic. Once in their classrooms, they sat at their desks that were outfitted with three-sided plastic barriers and spaced farther apart than usual to allow for proper social distancing. They met new teachers, reunited with classmates and engaged in new learning opportunities. Behind their masks, teachers warmly greeted their students and connected with those who remained at home for remote instruction. In addition, throughout the school day, teachers led their students outside for fresh air during lessons and recess.
Over the last few months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Board of Education members, administrators and educators have been working diligently to prepare for the new school year and provide students with a safe environment, including fully operational ventilation systems and clean rooms. The district reopened with full in-person instruction for students in K-8. Students in 9-12 grades were split into two hybrid-model groups, each attending morning or afternoon classes.