Price tag for a safer reopening costs Jericho schools $2.3M
Spirits were high for the superintendents of two Long Island school districts that welcomed their students back for in-person learning Thursday.
The Uniondale and Jericho school districts put in-person learning plans to action on their first school day.
Uniondale's superintendent says they spent thousands to make their schools safe and have been planning for their reopening since April. They say a security officer taking temperatures of everyone coming into the building is among the precautions in place.
In Jericho, school officials estimate safety upgrades have cost $2.3 million between additional staffing, PPE, sneeze guards and hand sanitizers.
"In our three elementary schools, we are running classes in the library, the science room, the math room," says Jericho Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman.
Jericho is also utilizing an automatic temperature check for all visitors.
Despite the precautions, one Uniondale parent expressed worries over students social distancing. Acting Uniondale Superintendent of Schools Rhonda Taylor says they have a plan for that.
"We absolutely plan for social distancing. What that mom may have seen is at the start of the day, you'll see a lot of kids and a lot of parents, but once they get through these gates, the markings are all there, and as they enter the building we have circles with the tiny feet," says Taylor.
Taylor also says teachers are giving their schools' youngest students lessons in what it means to be 6 feet apart.
A total of seven school districts reopened Thursday for limited in-person learning. Freeport and Westbury schools will welcome back students Friday.