More than half of York County public schools reopened today

Seven public schools in York County reopened Tuesday for either in-person learning or orientation.In Old Orchard Beach, students sat apart in newly purchased individual desks, with only 12 students in a classroom. In the hallways, there are markers reminding everyone to keep their distance. Face masks have to be worn at all times.The high school also purchased an outdoor tent for classes.”We just have our freshman class here today, just the kids that are new to the high school, so they’re learning the ins and outs of the school, how to get lunch, where the cafeteria is, where their classrooms are, seeing their teachers faces,” John Suttie, Superintendent of Old Orchard Beach public schools.Even with the ‘yellow’ designation, Biddeford and the town of York will have elementary kids in-person four or five days a week in smaller classes.Lou Goscinski, Superintendent of York public schools said this is what they call the hybrid model.”We’re not making any changes to the elementary school at this point,” Goscinski said.In Old Orchard Beach, 15% of families are opting out of in-person learning. Those students will be paired for a virtual academy. Suttie said he is just happy to see everyone coming back to school.”I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to see kids coming in and be able to converse with kids and talk with them. They’re so happy to be back, and we’re so happy to see them,” Suttie said.With the new yellow designation, Sanford and Biddeford will delay their reopening until next week.Kindergarten through grade 12 classes started today in Kennebunk and Arundel.

Seven public schools in York County reopened Tuesday for either in-person learning or orientation.

In Old Orchard Beach, students sat apart in newly purchased individual desks, with only 12 students in a classroom. In the hallways, there are markers reminding everyone to keep their distance. Face masks have to be worn at all times.

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The high school also purchased an outdoor tent for classes.

“We just have our freshman class here today, just the kids that are new to the high school, so they’re learning the ins and outs of the school, how to get lunch, where the cafeteria is, where their classrooms are, seeing their teachers faces,” John Suttie, Superintendent of Old Orchard Beach public schools.

Even with the ‘yellow’ designation, Biddeford and the town of York will have elementary kids in-person four or five days a week in smaller classes.

Lou Goscinski, Superintendent of York public schools said this is what they call the hybrid model.

“We’re not making any changes to the elementary school at this point,” Goscinski said.

In Old Orchard Beach, 15% of families are opting out of in-person learning. Those students will be paired for a virtual academy.

Suttie said he is just happy to see everyone coming back to school.

“I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to see kids coming in and be able to converse with kids and talk with them. They’re so happy to be back, and we’re so happy to see them,” Suttie said.

With the new yellow designation, Sanford and Biddeford will delay their reopening until next week.

Kindergarten through grade 12 classes started today in Kennebunk and Arundel.