Sonia Sotomayor Elementary Staff Building Separators for Classroom Desks
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Schools across KELOLAND are preparing their buildings to welcome students back to class this fall during the pandemic. At Sonia Sotomayor Elementary in Sioux Falls, staff are developing creative ways to provide additional separation to students throughout the facility in areas where social distancing is difficult.
There is no shortage of ideas in a school building and here at Sonia Sotomayor the employees are working on various prototypes of separators for use in classrooms. Favorite so far, one that uses plumbing and crystal clear window isolator kits.
“Finding a safe way to keep kids apart a little,” said Vik.
Headmistress Tracy Vik says her colleagues across the district are getting a lot of support from district leaders to add extra security to their buildings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Our district warehouse will now store all of the items to manufacture so the teachers don’t run into the shops and get reimbursements from their principals,” Vik said.
Principal Carmen Hernandez says she can’t wait to see the students safely back in class.
“We miss so much. It’s kind of sad and a new experience for everyone, but we have to live with it and learn something, “said Hernandez.
Vik says vendors offer similar separators between $ 30 and $ 50 per student. These are built for $ 12 per table.
“We don’t have the budget for that and we certainly don’t want anyone to pay for it out of their own pocket. This is a cheaper or cheaper way of providing at least one additional barrier. There are still a million questions people have and we are working hard to find answers to each of those questions, ”said Vik.
In the meantime, they will continue to be creative.
“We were told that we would be back in class and I believe the kids will come and thrive here. Our job is to create the safest and best environment for children to learn and grow, ”said Vik.
Vik says these efforts are taking place in every building in the district.