Summer vacation is over and it’s back to school for teachers and students in Martin County on Tuesday.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all schools throughout the county have new safety protocols and procedures in place for the 2020-21 academic year.
According to school district spokesperson Jennifer DeShazo, students’ desks are being spaced out by at least 6 feet, and everyone must wear face coverings on school campuses.
The district has also developed a clinic for students who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
In the event that a student becomes sick during the day, he or she would be sent to the clinic and parents will be called to pick them up. Students must then stay home and quarantine for a minimum of two weeks.
The Martin County School District has invested more than $2 million in personal protective equipment, which includes face masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.
“We’ve purchased hand sanitizer. We’ve purchased cleaner. We have electrostatic sprayers for every school where custodians and plant operators can go in very quickly and spray down an entire classroom or building with chemicals design to treat COVID-19,” DeShazo said. “We’ve got teacher kits if they want to clean more frequently than the custodians are able to get in there during the day.”
The district has also purchased thermometers for teachers, faculty, and staff in the event that child becomes sick and there’s a need to check his or her temperature.