Tuesday night at the Clinton Board of Education meeting, Clinton school building leaders made short presentations on the things happening in their buildings during COVID.
Students have been back to classes for nine weeks and administrators shared some of the stories and Douglas and Lincoln Schools Principal Beth Wickenhauser says her focus has been on professional development and specifically finding out what teachers wanted.
According to Clinton Elementary School Principal Sacha Young, she wanted to know what the COVID slide was like. After some assessments of their students, they found they were not as far behind as they had thought they might be, and she found that to be encouraging.
The block-schedule at the junior high school has worked out well. Principal Jim Peck says that allowed them to expand the amount of classroom time. Additionally, the opportunities and programs in their building benefited from the block schedule.
According to high school principal Jerry Wayne, the mental health first aid training their kids took last year has paid off. He explains they are trying to be proactive in making their students aware of the resources available and continuing the messaging of, quote - "it is ok to not be ok."
Clinton High School shut down due to COVID contact tracing this week, however, the rest of the school buildings have now been in session nine consecutive weeks.