May 24, 2022 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

‘Students were excited to be back’

Heritage High School Principal Corey White said the school’s first day had a typical first day feel, with a few changes.

“Students were excited to be back and teachers were excited to have the students back,” he said.

White said there was some nervousness, which could be attributed to the normal apprehension new students and freshman feel as well as the unknown of the current pandemic.

“I believe after a couple of days of being back in school, the new procedures will be routine and we will have a great school year,” he said.

To start the day, the high school had students socially distance on the football field.
“The outdoor assembly went great,” White said. “At our teacher institute on Monday, I gave our teachers an option of how to do the assembly.  I knew the weather was supposed to be nice today so I said we could do our assembly by Zoom or use the football field.  The teachers unanimously said to use the football field.”

White said this enabled him to share more information with as many students as possible.
White said the students did a good job with social distancing and wearing their masks.

“Even during the assembly outside, 90% of our students chose to leave their masks on even though they could remove them,” he said.  “We posed a challenge to our students, especially our seniors, that if they want to have the normal school year experiences, our staff needs their help to make sure everyone is following the policies we have in place.”

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