VINCENNES Ind., (WTWO/WAWV) — The start of the school year for some Vincennes Community Schools like Franklin Elementary will be different in more ways than one.
Students and staff spent a year or so outside the building while it was being renovated. It was the last of the four elementary schools in the school district to be remodeled.
“We were in three churches and an old elementary school, so it was an interesting year,” said Franklin Elementary School Principal Melissa Pancake.
With the continued growth of COVID-19 cases, the school has another interesting year ahead. But according to school officials, they’re starting the school year on schedule and in-person.
“We wish we didn’t have a single instance of COVID, but we do have some that are out there. But we also know that we’re not a hot spot at the present and we feel good about our start day,’ said Superintendent Greg Parsley.
While class sizes won’t change, kids will stay with their homerooms and desks will be spaced out. Students will wear masks, hallways will be marked with directional arrows, and cleanliness will be increased.
“We’ll have sanitizer in every classroom, in every location in our building. We’ll utilize the wipes,” said Principal Pancake.
According to Superintendent Parsley, making the changes is worth it.
“If it allows us to get that school year started and get students back where they need to be we’ll do whatever it takes,” he said.
Vincennes Community School students will return to the classroom on August 6.