WJBR paid a visit to local school, Immaculate Heart of Mary, to hear how teachers were preparing for the upcoming school year that will be much different than anything we’ve heard of in the past. IHM is one of the many schools in Delaware moving forward with in-person learning for students and teachers. Principal Tina Morroni, Vice Principal Terry Delorbe, and Teacher Nichol Carroll talk what it’s like to finally see some life around the school, and how much work has been put in to make sure administration, staff, and students feel safe and continue to learn.
Principal Tina Morroni stated, “[Seeing teachers back in the building] is wonderful. The building feels like it is alive again. It was so sad to have no teachers or students in the building.”
IHM has reviewed all of the guidelines in preparation of the upcoming school year, with “lots of late night phone calls, and conversations, and meetings” said Vice Principal Terry Delorbe. Morroni chimed in stating, “We had a committee of staff members, parents, community members who met at least once a month or more, since- throughout July. Just to talk about preparations and being in the building and safely bringing kids back and what that looks like. You know, what ages need to wear masks. And you know, how do you manage all of the things that are normally a lot to manage in a school year, times 100.”
Nichol Carroll, teacher of IHM, was excited to be back “seeing friends and back with family again.”
In response to moving forward with a safer Halloween event for the school year, Principal Tina Morroni stated, “School should be a nice balance between academics and social gatherings for students. It’s important that we not lose that despite what we’ve done with corona.”
Schools in Delaware are practicing both safe guidelines to bring students back into schools, as well as remote virtual learning. It has been left up to the individual districts, diocese, and schools to make the decision.