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Emmaus Lutheran School, 840 S. Almansor St., has opened its doors to students for on-campus learning, and the normal sounds of happy schoolchildren are filling the halls. Even though there are a lot of changes instituted to keep the students safe and healthy, such as social-distancing, strict and consistent cleaning routines, masks, and desk shields that are now the norm, the students are readily embracing the changes and happy to be back with their teachers and friends and no Zoom classes.
One change the students are loving is the way Emmaus' recess time is set up. Emmaus has over six acres of space to spread students out, including a large grass field, basketball courts, and two large play structures. This area has been divided into three zones, and only certain classes are allowed in each zone each week. Since interactive and contact sports are still limited, the school purchased several playground and fitness toys that the students could play with individually during recess time, allowing them to have fun, get fit, and play without spreading germs.
Items such as croquet sets, jump balls, jump ropes, hopscotch, cornhole, whirleyballs, hop-a-long riders, scooters, and balance boards have been divided between zones and classes to give students many different and new things to do. "I felt that it was important for the children to have time to get some needed exercise and have fun during their recess time,” said Principal Kit Hittinger. “They have had a lot of screen time in the last year, so this is an important feature we offer to the students."
This is only one example of how students are being cared for at Emmaus. Since the beginning of the school year, students have had full-day instruction with the teachers via Zoom. It has been challenging, but it was felt that full-time learning is the only way that students will truly be successful and be prepared for the next school year. The plan to have a summer program that helps students get caught up on missed learning or excel further is being planned and will be available to the public.
For more information about current classes or the summer program, contact Emmaus School at www.EmmausAlhambra.org, or call 626-289-3664.