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Here’s what classes look like at the first Long Beach school to get a reopening waiver

Erika Craig teaches her second-grade class as the students stay at their desk behind dividers at St. Maria Goretti Catholic School in Long Beach, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova. In a kindergarten classroom at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School on Monday, nine students sit at desks all spaced 6 feet apart, facing forward. Some are surrounded by plastic dividers. A large white screen displays the faces of six of their classmates who are learning from home on Zoom.

“Five, four, three, two, one; show me your boards everybody. What did you draw?” says teacher Heather Hernandez, as students hold up drawings on individual white boards. Hernandez, in a blue checkered mask, keeps her distance as she inspects each one. Every two hours, Principal Kathleen Hernandez’s voice sounds over the intercom reminding teachers to sanitize surfaces. For students retuning to classrooms in the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a new world of masks, hand-washing stations, plexiglass dividers, personalized toys and strict social distancing.

Heather Hernandez teaches her kindergarten class at St. Maria Goretti in Long Beach Monday, October 26, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova. On Monday, Saint Maria Goretti in East Long Beach was the first school […]

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