Teachers, students excited to be back in school

Teacher and students excited to be back in school yet cautious of COVID spike

TRUMANN, Ark. (KAIT) - Despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases, several schools have returned to in-person classes.

Teachers and students at Trumann High School say they are excited to be back, and want things to get back to normal.

Dana Bingham teaches high school math teacher. She believes the school district is doing everything to ensure safety, including creating seating charts to ensure students are socially-distanced in the classroom.

Still, Bingham says she is cautious following the holidays.

“It’s a little scary. The same thing, I feel like, happened after Thanksgiving. So we may see that again. I’ve been very fortunate that I have not been quarantined,” said Bingham. “I feel like it can happen any day, but I’m just trying to keep my desk clean, keep the doorknobs and stuff like that wiped down; we all have the cleaner and everything, and make sure kids wear their masks.”

Bingham says that she has felt safe the whole school year and does not have any health problems. Other teachers, she said, may feel differently.

For the most part, she says students have been upbeat and have worn their masks without being asked.

“I think deep down they know this is the best place they can be right now is in school because they know how hard it is, but some kids do thrive, and they’re able to have the self-discipline and do fine at home, but the majority not so much,” said Bingham.

London White is a junior enrolled in theater. After their show was canceled, she’s ready for things to return to normal so she and her friends can have a normal high school experience.

“You don’t want to miss out on everything because then it doesn’t feel like high school. It just feels like, not like you’re in prison, but you’re just there to do your work and then go home,” said White.

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