CENTREVILLE — After getting to know their teachers online for classes for two-weeks, the Queen Anne’s County High School Career/Technology Education students entered the high school building for their first day of face-to-face “hands-on, practical instruction” on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
In all, 196 CTE students participated, entering the front door of the school building wearing face masks, immediately washing their hands with hand sanitizer and proceeding in single file, socially distanced lines to their respective classrooms. Principal Amy Hudock was in the hallway directing each student individually to make sure they knew where they were headed.
The 196 students did not come through the front door, nor attend classes at the same time. They were scheduled during four different time periods as to when to arrive and attend their CTE class. So, approximately, 49 students came to the school for their classes a one time.
Wednesday is the only day each week, thus far, for students to come to the building for practical instruction. All other instruction is done two days a week online with both their CTE and academic subject teachers, per the CDC distance learning procedures now underway in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.
It was clear that all students had been informed as to procedures they were to follow once entering the building. All were socially distanced within the classrooms, desks spread far apart. Everyone, including teachers, was wearing face masks. These are the procedures students and staff will follow as school slowly resumes to some sense of normalcy during the continuing pandemic. The CTE students are the first to return to the building as they must earn certification in the various vocational and technological skills they are learning. Online instruction cannot be substituted for hands-on instruction in these cases.
The first-day back for these students appeared to be very orderly.