With all the changes in place for the start of this school year, one local District is calling upon a group of familiar teachers for help. The Altoona Area School District began in person classes earlier this week and it’s been an adjustment for Teachers and Students. One of the changes that was made this School Year, class sizes.
Superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj says the number of students in each room has been cut down to allow more space for social distancing, despite 1,000 students in the District opting to complete courses in an online format. He says every two normal classes is now split into three rooms. That means the District has been using it’s available Substitutes to help deliver instruction. But to have even more available staff, the District reached out to Retired Teachers to help with classes and about 16 of them have returned to assist classrooms from Kindergarten through Grade Five. Those Teachers have agreed to assist the District for at least the first nine weeks of the School Year.
Prijatelj says their expertise is a welcome presence. Prijatelj says he’s appreciated parents help in keeping Students safe, especially at School pickup and drop-off locations. Students needing to make an immediate change in their preferred method of instruction have until next Wednesday to do so or they’ll have to wait until the end of Week Nine.