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Baker Elementary kids have started something a little different this year to protect themselves against Covid-19.

Mr. Lingle informed me of the new guidelines and schedules the students need to follow.

For recess this year, the Lincoln kids play in “playground pods”. Playing in these pods help to socially distance different grade levels and prevent the spread of the virus.

Essentially how these pods work are by having children play in different designated areas of the playground. Each grade is assigned to a different part of the playground and then they rotate each week. They are also released for recess at different times to limit the number of kids leaving the building outside at one time. I spoke with 2nd grader, Kazden Hoversland and got her opinion on this schedule. She stated, “It is a little weird and I wish I could play with everyone, but it’s kinda cool”.

The Longfellow students switch between classroom, playground, and the gym each week.

So far the elementary school students are adjusting well to this new change. Sheila O’Connor, who teaches 5th grade mentioned, “the kids are a little sad they don’t get to play with their friends that are a grade above or below. It’s been hard on siblings also because they can’t play with each other at school”. Despite all of these new precautions put in place, everyone is still happy to be back in school and looking forward to a fun filled year!

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