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Freeporters head back to school


Freeport students returned to classes on Sept. 8 and 9 for in-person learning for the first time since the district closed in March.

 “After many months of working collaboratively with administrators, teachers and parents on developing an approved reopening plan that meets the health, safety and wellness needs of our students in these challenging times, it was rewarding and inspiring to see our goals become a reality,” said Dr. Kishore Kunhcam, superintendent of schools “It was wonderful to see our schools come to life, and to see the enthusiasm of our staff and students. Thanks to our students, staff and parents for making the first day of school a success and to our Board of Education for their ongoing support. ”

School principals greeted their students and, along with teachers, guided students to their classrooms as they went over all the changes in the buildings and the new safety protocols to follow.

Students had their temperatures checked at several entrances at each school before entering the sanitized classrooms. The desks were kept apart, and students kept their masks on.

All students operated on the Monday through Thursday hybrid-learning model, where half the students would attend school on one day while the other half comes in the following day.

When not in school, students would login to their remote-learning schedule through the district’s mandated Chromebooks

All students would take part in online learning on Fridays.  

About 1,200 students opted for remote-learning only.