Central Valley students return for first time since mid-March

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Posted: Friday, August 21, 2020 6:00 am

Students and teachers shuffled inside Central Valley School for face-to-face classes Tuesday for the first time since mid-March.

Administrators reported 186 students attended the opening day of fall classes at the rural Buxton school, an increase of three students compared to first-day figures from 2019.

Superintendent Jeremy Brandt said 177 students attended school in person while nine others in grades K-12 chose the district’s distance-learning option for the school year due to concerns over COVID-19.

School officials required students and teachers to wear masks on buses and in hallways but stopped short of making them a requirement during classes.

Brandt said no complaints were made about the mask mandate Tuesday.

Every student who boarded a bus and those dropped off by their parents at the school had a  mask in their possession.

“Our first day went very well. The kids were definitely respectful and receptive to the plan,” Brandt said. “Everyone followed the plan and our teachers were very prepared.”

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