On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, Burien’s St. Bernadette Parish School (a B-Town Blog Advertiser) welcomed back K-3 students for in-person instruction.

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Principal Eve Ruiz welcomes students with thermometer in hand, ready to perform daily temperature checks.

Students and staff alike joyfully greeted one another amidst safety protocols, including face masks, social distancing and increased personal hygiene routines.

Student drop-off procedures now also include temperature checks and wellness screening. Certainly it is an adjustment, but well worth it, as declared by students, staff and parents.

“It is so wonderful to have the majority of our students back on campus for in-person instructions !” said Jeanne Flohr, who serves a multifaceted role leading development, admissions and as school librarian.

The close-knit school community allows for successful implementation of safety recommendations such as appropriate distance between desks and well monitored student interactions.

As we now know, outdoor spaces are great options to provide both social distancing and important air circulation in decreasing the spread of COVID-19 virus. The playgrounds and some covered patios and walkways now serve dual purposes of play and occasionally instruction, as seen in these photos. We particularly enjoy the shot of PS/PK students shaking and shimmy-ing to “I know a Chicken” in Music class:

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You can see more shots of their Sept. 1 slow-start for PS/PK and 1:1 start-up approach for other grades on Instagram under the hashtag #AnchoredinHopeStB. It seems that as a faith filled community, St. Bernadette leans on the gifts of science and creativity to courageously overcome the current obstacles posed by the pandemic.

We at the blog wish them success as they say “Welcome back Panthers!”

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