For the first time since schools were mandated to close in Ohio due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, teachers and students were able to meet face-to-face for live, in-person classes at Grand River Academy on September 1st.
Grand River Academy teachers have been preparing their classrooms to meet social distance guidelines and COVID-19 precautions throughout the summer. Erica Lei, a GRA math and science teacher, admits COVID-19 can present challenges in the classroom. "From our side as teachers we are reinforcing the protocols," Ms. Lei said. "Even though it is hard teaching with the mask on at times, it is important for us to set a good example."
Many students say they did not notice any difference in how things operated in the classroom except for the now ceremonial spraying of hand sanitizer every teacher has to give students before they enter the classroom. "Everything is extra clean," post-graduate Kyahn Issa said. "You have to get your hands sprayed and wipe everything off before class starts."
Grand River Academy still has open seats for the 2020-21 school year. GRA operates on a rolling admission cycle, extending the enrollment deadline beyond the first day of classes. Grand River Academy has the ability to offer live, in-person classes for current and prospective students due to the strategic planning of our GRA Staff and commitment to our comprehensive health plan titled "Screen, Clean, Six Feet In Between".
With an average class size of six students, Grand River Academy can create a safe learning environment that offers students an opportunity to realize their full academic, emotional, and social potential.