December 3, 2022


The Education People

Learners go to first working day of classes at Whittier Elementary, Granger Superior Faculties

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Parents say goodbye to college students as they start off the initially day of faculty at Whittier Elementary in West Valley Town, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

Donning a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle T-shirt with his backpack on, Bodie Brandol stood in between two pillars of white, blue and yellow balloons, smiled and held up his pointer finger.

“First quality!” he stated, as his mother took his photo Monday early morning outside Whittier Elementary Faculty in West Valley Town.

When Bodie said he wished that summertime could last a small little bit lengthier, with more time for tenting, he joined his fellow classmates in obtaining their new teachers on the very first working day of classes for Granite School District. Massive blue letters on the entrance garden spelled out, “Welcome again Falcons.”

Everyday living has been “really busy” acquiring prepared for college, said Bodie’s mom, Lindsey Brandol. But she claimed this university a long time feels “a whole lot better” than the very last two that Utah learners have attended throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“The choice on the masks, I like that they have an option,” Brandol reported. “…It is significantly additional typical, and I think it is excellent for these men.”

On Thursday, the Salt Lake County Council voted 6-3 on get together strains to overturn a mask mandate for elementary pupils issued by county health and fitness director Dr. Angela Dunn.

Dunn experienced limited her get to young children involving kindergarten and sixth quality, she said, because they are not qualified for a COVID-19 vaccine. At the moment, only people today ages 12 and older can be vaccinated.

To assistance more youthful kids remain protected and healthier as universities start off again up again, the state is providing KN95 masks to elementary pupils who want them.

About half of the young children outdoors Whittier Elementary School Monday early morning wore cloth masks, as they lined up and discovered their close friends. Oakley Drake, a 3rd grader, wore a pink mask that matched her backpack adorned with puppies and flowered headband.

She wasn’t actually in school previous calendar year, other than for the extremely previous minor little bit,” claimed Oakley’s mother, Taylor Drake, of West Valley City. The relaxation of the calendar year was put in mastering from dwelling, she explained, which was “kind of hard, but we managed.”

Following a summer spent actively playing softball, Oakley was “really fired up to get out of the house” and be back in the classroom with her friends again, in accordance to her mother.

Latriesha and Neal Lindsey smiled as they viewed their son, Keeyan, be a part of his 1st quality course. “He loves to discover,” stated Latriesha Neal, of West Valley City.

In the morning, Neal Lindsey explained, they requested their son if he needed to wear his mask to university.

“He’s like, ‘Do I have to?’” said Neal Lindsey. When his mothers and fathers said he did not, Keeyan appeared fired up. But if he does inevitably want to don 1, Keeyan will be great, Latriesha Neal mentioned, since he’s already applied to it from his time in kindergarten.

“We’re so glad that they get to go back again to school,” claimed Amanda Best, whose kid is in 3rd quality. Earlier in the morning, she dropped off two of her older little ones at Hunter Substantial University.

The West Valley Metropolis mother reported she seen her youngsters seemed additional excited Monday early morning than in some preceding years.

“I think it is going to be a lot more of a typical yr — ideally. If the conditions control on their own,” Lindsey reported.

As of Thursday, the intense treatment units at Utah hospitals have been about ability. And on Friday, a football sport between Highland and Bountiful Higher Universities was canceled right after a participant examined beneficial for COVID-19.

Standing on the entrance lawn of Whittier Elementary Monday morning, Jennifer Bodell, the school’s new principal, led her students in a cheer. Right after Bodell yelled, “we are,” the kids responded, “Whittier!”

“I’ve been ready for this working day all summer lengthy,” Bodell advised them.

Soon after the pupils in the school’s safety patrol lifted the U.S. flag, their classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance. They then adopted their academics inside of, carrying their lunch bins and new university supplies, and offering a very last wave goodbye to their moms and dads. One mom gave her son a fist bump and told him to have a excellent day, even though a different father yelled, “Love you, child lady!”

“We hope you have the very best first working day ever,” Bodell reported.