HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Tuesday, September 8, Saint Anthony School opened its doors again to accept students whose families have opted to return them to in-class learning.  Prior to going back, however, there have been exhaustive health protocols implemented in the school.  Students needed to be wearing a mask, show a completed health form which had been sent to the student's family, and then have their temperature taken.  Outside the school, stickers have been placed on the sidewalk, spaced apart, to ensure social distancing is observed.

Sister Colleen Clair, the school's principal, was on hand to greet the students and oversee the process as a long line of cars dropped off the kids. 

Inside the school, stairwells, hallways, and places of passage have been marked out for travel-direction and social distancing.  Desks are also spread apart to comply with CDC recommendations.  Additionally, students who have elected to remain home for remote learning have been strongly encouraged to wear their masks in preparation for a return to school and for mask desensitization.  Further, they are to wear their school uniforms for virtual classes.

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Parents have been provided with an extensive list of school safety protocols and guidance for in-person classes, and students will find a wholly new classroom experience during the time of pandemic.  Some features, such as water fountains, are no longer available and students must bring their own bottled water.  Bathrooms are tightly regulated and cleaned every two hours.  Among other changes, classrooms themselves have had excess furniture removed and perimeters set up to ensure distance between the teacher and students.

The students, faculty, and staff will be starting a school year unlike any other in living memory.

Judy Kopitar contributed to this report.

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