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Cardinals have returned to Riverdale

Taylor Freeman, a third grader at Riverdale Elementary School, gets excited about in-person, hands-on learning. — Submitted Tamee Railey

COURTLAND

All pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students who wished to return to the classrooms are back at Riverdale Elementary School and they are happy to be back. Learning is taking place and routines are as close to normal as possible.

“I’m glad to be back in school, I love my class, and I get to ride the bus!” said Levi Saunders while sitting in John Bradshaw’s space-themed science classroom.

Approximately 50% of the students are in person and 50% have chosen to stay virtual. All of the students are learning, enjoying their teachers and classes and are making progress while maintaining CDC guidelines. Students follow their class schedules, eat in their classrooms and teachers move from room to room. The students are actively engaged during the school day, participate in recess, resource classes and have supervised mask breaks.

“From greeting our students as they step off the bus and out of the cars, it has been a great feeling to see and have many of our students in the building. It has been equally as nice to log on and see our students working virtually in Schoology,” said Kisha Watford, co-principal. According to Tamee Railey, also a co-principal, “Although the guidelines are different, we are all making the best of the situation for our students, thanks to our amazing staff at RES. We live by our motto, ‘We Rise by Lifting Others’ and we are looking forward to a rewarding rest of the school year.”