ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24)- First Odessa Christian Academy will be welcoming back students in person on Monday.
Rose Macedo, Administrative Assistant for First Odessa Christian Academy , said both students and staff are excited to return to campus, despite the unusual circumstances.
“A lot of the kids that we’ve seen when they came in for registration were very excited to come back, they were disappointed that they didn’t get to finish out the school year like we planned,” Macedo said.”It was our first year and this was going to be like a major thing for us and it didn’t go as planned.”
While the school went completely online back in March, Tyler Press, the Head of Schools, said he and his staff spent this past summer planning on how they can start the new school in the safest way possible.
“As those CDC guidelines started coming out, we realized we were able to meet those and still safely come back to school,” Press said.
First Odessa Christian Academy has a total of 120 students, and only two students will be starting the school year online. Press said having a small student population is not the only thing playing to their advantage.
“We do have smaller class sizes in numbers, but larger rooms in general,” Press said. “So we do have the capability to spread those students appropriately in those classrooms, to still meet their safety needs and our teachers safety needs.”
Students and teachers will be required to wear a face mask and social distance. There will also be hand sanitizing stations in all classrooms, and custodial staff will be frequently cleaning all areas of the school.
But if someone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, Press said there is plan in place.
“If our students are exposed they will go home for 14 days, but we will transition to online learning,” Press said. ” So we will sanitize their iPads, we’ll pack up the necessary items and they will go home and they’ll continue learning from home.”
But whatever may happen this school year, Press said First Odessa Christian Academy is committed in providing students a safe learning environment.
“It does look and feel a little bit different, but we are excited for them to be back here,” Press said. “They are going to be safe, they are going to be healthy, and they are going to get a full year of learning this year.”