News 12 takes an inside look at the new norm at Rowayton Elementary School

Kids heading back to the classroom at Rowayton Elementary School are in for some big changes.

News 12 Staff

Aug 21, 2020, 9:56 PM

Updated 1,403 days ago

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News 12 Connecticut took a tour of one Norwalk elementary school to see what the new norm is going to look like.

Kids heading back to the classroom at Rowayton Elementary School are in for some big changes.

News 12's Lena Salzbank toured the building. The first thing that's different is that the kids will be entering from a different location. Students will have staggered start times to create more social distancing opportunities.

"Some of our students will be coming directly into the classroom and hand their health screener to the teacher," says Principal Rob Pennington.

Once inside, the students must wash their hands for 20 seconds to make sure they are clean.

Walking through the halls, there are visual cues on the floors so that kids maintain their distance. All water fountains are shut off and isolation rooms are prepared for students displaying COVID symptoms.

"This has taken a lot of time and effort from everyone in the district," says Pennington.

Inside the classroom, kids will sit two at a table with plexi glass in between. The tables are also spread out 6-feet apart.

Administrators say the most important thing is that kids feel comfortable with returning to school.

Principal Pennington says the school is also building an outdoor classroom. Each grade will also have its own bathrooms.


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