Camden high school welcomes back students after 18 months

‘There was a lot of distraction at home,’ said one student

As school officials in various New Jersey districts clean up the wreckage after Tropical Storm Ida, in Camden on Tuesday teachers eagerly welcomed back students to in-person learning, a greeting they had been waiting to make since March 2020.

“What we’ve done is make sure all our staff members are trained on what are expectations are,” said Superintendent Katrina McCombs, referring to mask requirements for everyone regardless of vaccination status, social distancing in classrooms and in the cafeteria, and frequent hand sanitizing. In addition, said McCombs, “We will be testing a sample of students each day from various grade levels to ensure that we have a pulse on whether or not COVID has entered our building. Of course that will be done with parent consent.”

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