Face-to-Face Learning Resumes at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School | News, Sports, Jobs


BACK TO SCHOOL – Barb Pieniazek, an English teacher at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, is once again working with students in person after teaching distance lessons for months. The school has resumed face-to-face teaching, making it the first time juniors and seniors have attended school together since the COVID-19 pandemic struck and led to a shutdown in March last and in a blended learning format at the start of the school year. – Contributed

BLOOMINGDALE – For the first time in over a year, Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has both juniors and seniors in the building after COVID-19 caused a shutdown and altered their education.

The pandemic closed schools last March and students followed a blended learning format when classes resumed in August, with juniors and seniors attending every other day for the program’s labs while academic classes were conducted. from a distance. But the 300 students were finally back in the building on April 6 for face-to-face instruction. Government officials, teachers and students are delighted to see things return to relative normalcy, but guidelines remain in place for the protection of all.

Supervisor / Principal Dan Hartman said hallways and classrooms are finally full again, but leaders are taking extra steps to ensure safety.

“It was amazing” Hartman said. “They came back after the Easter holidays. We maintain masks and have separators in every classroom, which is not part of the COVID rules, and we have a new ionization system as part of the CVC to help with air particles. We have also allocated seats as an element of contact tracing and they follow regular lunch schedules but are kept with their program cohorts. “

He said having academic classes on site was also a plus for students to move forward with their schoolwork.

“Being able to go to university has helped them stay on track. Overall, it is better to have teachers in front of the children, plus there is a socio-emotional element if they have face to face contact with their teachers.

Welding instructor Todd Parker said the environment has an air of normalcy.

“I love the return of the students” he said. “I help with normalcy and I honestly think it’s important for them to have a scheduled day to follow.”

“I like having them together because we accomplish a lot of things every day”, added Ron Reasoner, Automotive Service Technology Instructor.

JVS English teacher Barb Pieniazek was delighted to see all of her students in class after teaching online.

“I like to find them and I like to teach them” said Pieniazek.

Several students noted that while they enjoy walking the halls and seeing friends and teachers in person throughout the week, they wished it had happened sooner.

“If we had come back earlier, I think it would have been better for us”, Mason Brown said.

“I think it was a good idea that we came back”, Raven Shannon added, saying that regular attendance would help students improve their grades.

Senior Andrew Perrie said social interaction is important, but unfortunately graduate students haven’t had a chance to enjoy their entire senior year.

“We missed experiments” said Perrie.

Juniors Kaylee Carpenter and Kayla White, students in the criminal justice program, said they had a real school vibe having the elderly under one roof.

“I can see who the elderly are and talk to people other than my classmates”, said Charpentier. “I really enjoyed it. “

“It’s easier to learn things in person and it feels more like a real school experience”, added white.

Superintendent Todd Phillipson said schools are following mandates for operations under COVID rules, but he was happy to see things go back to a more uniform bowling pin.

“It’s great to see them all at school again. Everything is going well and I am happy to have all the children here. Phillipson concluded.

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