Salisbury School welcomes students back to school amid COVID-19 pandemic
SALISBURY, Md. – Until further notice, this is what life will look like for students at the Salisbury School: Daily temperature checks, spaced out desks with plexiglass, and masks worn at almost all times in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“We’ve really tried to take all the precautions necessary so that we can get our kids learning in person, but doing it safely,” said Head of the Lower School, Dr. Andrea Vandiver.
Educators tell 47 ABC they’ve been working all summer long to come up with the safest and effective ways to have students come back in person.
Despite other schools deciding to go back virtually.
“There’s so much more that a child gets from being in person. We do have protocols in place, we are operating, trying to keep grades somewhat separated,” said Head of the Salisbury School, Beverly Dearing.
“There will be constant hand washing, our teachers know what to look for, we have a brand new health suite that our nurse is in,” said Dr. Vandiver.
School officials also say they’ll be monitoring students very closely to ensure everyone stays safe.
“We’re not going to panic if somebody sneezes, but if somebody has developed a persistent cough or something like that, that communication is really important. If you’re going to be proactive if you’re going to protect your students and your faculty, you stay right on top of everything,” said Dearing.
And while there may be some challenges ahead, these educators say they’re committed to making this work.
“I really believe we’re going to have a very successful year,” said Dearing.
This year, the Salisbury School is celebrating 50 years of educating students here in Salisbury with more than 600 alumni around the world. School officials say in honor of this milestone, the school will culminate with a multi-event celebration the weekend of May 15th of 2021.