Hellgate Elementary School’s over 1,500 students are preparing for school to start next week, as parents are gathering all the necessary items to have in-classroom and remote instruction during COVID 19.

Superintendent Doug Reisig said there are lots of special preparations underway.

“A week from tomorrow is when kids come to school,” said Reisig. “Our teachers come next Monday but our kids come September 2, and I think we're ready to go. We have pickup this week with parents and we've already notified them to swing through the campus on Thursday and Friday to pick up the masks for the children that the district purchased. We notified our distance learning parents if they swing through to get the masks  and also get into the buildings and we will provide them with their mobile device or iPads or Chromebooks and their curriculum materials that they're going to need for the kids to do the online real time instruction that they've chosen.”

A week from tomorrow is when kids come to school,” said Reisig. “Our teachers come next Monday but our kids come September 2, and I think we're ready to go.

Reisig said in addition to all the COVID supplies, regular school supplies are also being readied.

“We do have supply lists that kids are going to need for their respective grade levels and those are listed on our web page,” he said. “Obviously, we're going to try to minimize as much as possible any sharing of school equipment or materials between kids and we've adjusted some of our programs here at the school to make sure that we've minimized that sharing of materials.”

Reisig said there has been an all-out effort to keep kids safe while attending Hellgate Elementary.

“I think for the most part, outside of the face coverings and things of that nature, that school kids are going to need to bring and we're providing that for our kids. We've got things planned out here in terms of table dividers and equipment that we need to keep our kids safe.”

Reisig said the enrollment at last report was 1,525. In a summer survey, about 15 to 17 percent of parents requested the distance learning option.

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