Dyersville’s Beckman Catholic is the first high school in the area to return to class for the new school year.
Today is the first day of school for Beckman. Students haven’t walked the hallways for five months – since March 13th – so Principal Marcel Kielkucki says it’ll be good to be back.
Kielkucki says the new precautions includes staggering passing times between classes, changing lunchroom routines and keeping the same group of students together as much as possible.
He says face coverings will be required at Beckman when they can’t socially distance. Dubuque County is also considering a mask ordinance, which could affect the school’s policy.
And for a Catholic school focused on celebrating their faith, they’ll need to get used to a new routine – which means no longer gathering as an entire school for weekly Mass.
Today is also the first day of school for St. Francis Xavier grade school in Dyersville. Most other area schools are heading back to class on Monday, including West Delaware, Ed-Co, Maquoketa Valley and Western Dubuque.
photos courtesy of Beckman Catholic