Custodian, Rachel Brunton, starts her day at Tallmagde Elementary School, one of five schools in the Lancaster City Schools, to get it ready for students and staff. Students in the district returned to school at the start of September, using a blended model of attendance, meaning the student body is split by last name, half attending the school every other day and half learning remotely. All students remain home on Mondays.
"With half the kids staying home, there might not be as much of a mess to clean each day, but we have to focus on sanitizing everything. There might not be as much dirt to get to, but we have to be extra careful of all the surfaces, even places you might not think kids would get to," Brunton said. "Like the walls. I never thought about having to make sure those are sanitized, but it's one of the things we have to be especially careful of."
It's been less than a month back at school and Brunton says that the kids are adapting quickly to the new routine.