Parents and Students are Prepping for the First Day of School

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 12:33 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Parents and students are prepping for the first day of school, which for some is more nerve-wracking than others. Newssource 8′s Anna Soderberg spoke to a family on their feelings about going back to the classroom amid the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Fall season is an exciting time for young students, especially when there is a brand-new school involved. Stephanie Raymond is a mother of two. She is hopeful that her daughters and their fellow classmates will adjust to the new safety guidelines put in place because of COVID 19. 

“I do think that if they stick to the social distancing, wearing their masks as best they can and hand washing, that that is going to keep them safe. I know that with kids it’s not going to be 100% perfect. I think it’s going to be challenging to have, especially elementary school kids paying attention and at the same time keeping their mask on and not playing with it.”

Raymond says she’s nervous about how these guidelines could affect young student’s growth development and self-esteem.

“I fear for their independence and their autonomy, just living a normal life you know as a child. So I have concerns with their development and their self-esteem, but again you know we have to do what we have to do to kind of live life as normal as possible and not be completely isolated from everybody for however long COVID is going to be at its peak.”

Jorja Raymond is going into second grade. She is focused on the bigger picture and has a timeline in mind for when she thinks it’ll be safe to take the mask off in class.

“Well I am really excited for this Fall because I want to get to Halloween and get to Winter and then after all that we can stop wearing masks at school.”

Jorja’s first day of school will be Tuesday, September 8th. Anna Soderberg Newssource 8.

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