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Plan A 'Like a Reunion' at Leicester Elementary
Plan A 'Like a Reunion' at Leicester Elementary
Posted on 03/11/2021
A student looks at an object in a Learning Center.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

As K-3 classrooms returned to normal capacity this week, Leicester Elementary School staff reflected on a year of change.

“There’ve been a lot of methodology adjustments from virtual to Plan B to now, but at all times we’ve worked to protect the relationship between the student and the teacher,” said Principal Chad Upton. “After all the challenges we’ve faced, we’re together again really for the first time in a year. It’s like a family reunion in a lot of ways. And there have been lots of little reunions inside the big reunion. Our families are appreciative and happy.”

Ms. Tamara Brown’s A- and B-day kindergarteners became one in-person class for the first time this week. The kids are forging stronger relationships as they learn together. On Wednesday morning, she split her classroom into “Learning Centers,” where students could explore their own interests in science, writing, counting, social skills, and more.

“Things have been going great,” Ms. Brown said. “They have been so excited to see each other, and they’ve enjoyed getting to work and play together.”

The school is solidifying its operations for the rest of the year, now that overall student attendance is clear, Mr. Upton said. He thanked the staff for all their hard work preparing logistical and safety plans for the car rider line, buses, cafeteria, and other school operations.

“We’re still being as mindful as we can about class interactions,” he said. “Students are still eating lunch in their classrooms, and we’re keeping each class pretty insulated from each other. It’s not over yet, but it feels like we’re closer to the end of this journey than the beginning.”

As decided by the Buncombe County Board of Education on February 25, 2021, students in grades K-3 returned to schools under Plan A on March 8, and grades 4-5 will return on March 15. View the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (PDF, 1.5MB, Updated March 4, 2021).

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