“It was much better than we expected:” Alberta teacher on day one back

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It’s the first day for children attending Calgary public schools.Many students woke up Tuesday morning to prepare for the first day of face-to-face classes in more than five months.

An Edmonton-area teacher said her first day Monday went much better than expected.

“I was surprised at the calm and was really, really impressed with our first back-to-school (environment) pandemic trial,” she said.

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She told 660 NEWS it was very different from the typical start of the school year, and teachers spent most of the day showing students how to stay safe during the pandemic.

“Most of the day was spent figuring out how to put on a mask, how to take it off, where do we wash our hands.”

She said the children seemed excited to finally be back to school and to have a little sense of normalcy in their lives again.

“We were all very nervous about our first day because we didn’t know what it was going to be like,” she added. “I think everyone, when it comes to our staff, showed courage and met the children with smiles and confidence, although we may not have felt that inside.”

She noted that students were making a visible effort to obey security protocols; however, she says younger students may have difficulty.

“I think the younger ones will have a hard time not rolling over each other because that’s how they play.”

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She fears it will be difficult on the days when all the kids are finally back to school at around the same time.

“I think most of the time, although it’s a very difficult decision for parents to make, those who chose him in person chose him because they believe it is in the best interests of their child to go back to school.

Overall, she said the first day back went well.

“I’m not saying it was easy, I’m saying it was way better than expected.”

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