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Central Aroostook High School Has First Day Back

Principal says it was a smooth and seamless transition.
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 7:02 PM EDT
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MARS HILL, Maine (WAGM) - It’s the first day of classes at the Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill. 

The COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in March.  Students and teachers alike returned Wednesday to find things looking very different.  

“We have marks on the sidewalk for six feet apart so students waiting for a temp check can stand 6 ft apart. We have marks on the hallways because they are to always stay to the right in the hallway. And kids are coming to school with masks on and I don’t think I’ve ever seen in my 36 years of education, 36 plus.”

Dr. Kay York, Principal of Central Aroostook High School

Dr. Kay York is the principal of the Central Aroostook High School, she says for the next month, they will have shortened days.

“The mask wearing in school, especially with the heat is really tough on the kids and that’s why we’ve done a shortened day until harvest break and that gives time for kids to transition back to school after being out since March. And also it gives them time to get used to wearing a mask.”

Dr. Kay York, Principal of Central Aroostook High School

The school does have disposable masks for students who show up to school without a mask. Dr. York says after the day is over, she and the teachers will have a meeting to go over how the day went. 

Dr. York says the first day was a smooth and seamless transition, and she hopes that’s a good sign for the next few weeks.

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