Parents appreciate some semblance of normalcy as some EBR schools return to in-person learning

First day of hybrid learning in EBR Parish disrupted by Hurricane Sally

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Students in pre-K through fifth-grade in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System completed their first day of in-person learning of the 2020-2021 school year Monday, Sept. 14.

Monday marked the first day of a hybrid model, which includes both virtual and in-person learning, for EBRPSS schools.

Pre-K through fifth-grade students will attend classes on campus for two days of the week and learn virtually from home for the rest of the week.

“I am so excited; she was so excited to come this morning just for the social interaction,” says Candace Johnson, as she picks up her daughter from Cedarcrest Southmoor Elementary in Baton Rouge.

Johnson says her kindergartner was overjoyed to return to school for in-person learning.

“We had to go to bed super early last night but getting up she was ready. She was like okay mom. She had her book bag on and get lunch bag, she was ready to get out the door and go. She was really excited,” Johnson explains.

Faculty and staff at Cedarcrest were also ready to see students return.

“It was really, really great to have them in there just to bed mg the life back into the building,” Principal Crystal Sylvain tells WAFB.

Sylvain spent much of her day talking with parents and students, but she says her biggest task today was making sure these little ones closely followed COVID-19 guidelines.

“I mean they were hanging on to our every word, I think that they want to keep themselves safe just as much as we want to keep them safe because they have been watching the news. And they have been reading the paper and they know the importance of social distancing as well,” Sylvain says.

Each student wears a mask as they head to the carpool line to greet their parents after wrapping up their first day of face-to-face learning this the school year.

“It’s truly needed for the kids with just socially getting back to some normalcy and a routine, so the kids aren’t so afraid and stuck at home. I think if you have any doubts, let go of them,” Johnson says.

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