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Taylor County Pre-K Classes In Full Swing, K-12 To Return Next Week

Three school buses parked next to each other in front of a building.
Robbie Gaffney
K-12 students in Taylor County will return to classes on August 24.

Prekindergarten students in Taylor County returned to school today. Superintendent Danny Glover says he was pleased to see everything go smoothly on the first day:

"The biggest thing we had this morning was the little ones going away from you know, the separation from their moms. We saw probably more moms crying than we did little kids, but everything I saw this morning [was] really good."

Glover says he was glad to see students excited to be at school. He says teachers talked with students about social distancing and washing hands.

Meanwhile, classes for K-12 students begin on August 24. Students won't be able to mingle closely with one another due to Coronavirus health concerns. Glover says teachers will try to separate students in groups of four or five. These groups will stick together in the classroom and at lunch. Glover says it's to prevent quarantining an entire class if one student gets COVID-19:

"So if we do have a student get sick, only four or five students have to be quarantined. Whereas if you mix 60 kids together, you have the possibility of all those kids having to be quarantined because of close contact. So we're really trying to do a good job at minimizing the contact with other students."

Taylor County is encouraging but not requiring students to wear face masks. Classrooms will have assigned seating and sanitizer available to students. Teachers can ask for plexiglass shields to be installed on their desks as well.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.