Marian Catholic High School prepares for in-person classes

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HOMETOWN, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Students are set to return to in-person classes as the Marian Catholic High School has worked out a plan with the Diocese of Allentown, and in coordination with the guidelines from state Department of Education.

School officials say they have seen an increase in enrollment due to COVID-19. Eyewitness News went inside the building to see how they are getting ready for the fall.

“We’re open. We’re opening and that’s really exciting,” Father Allen Hoffa, Head of School at Marian Catholic High School said.

Classes will be able to be in person but socially distancing guidelines and masks will be enforced. As of Friday, 236 students from 5 counties are enrolled this school year. Thanks to grants from the state and private funding, cleaning will occur before, after and during class time.

Desks are now outfitted with hand sanitizer and students will be helping clean the surfaces they touch. Hand sanitizer pump stations have also been put in the hallways, Hoffa explained.

Every day that students and faculty walk into the building, they’ll have to get their temperature checked.

With enrollment numbers changing daily and in-person capacity fills up, Father Hoffa says they still can have have more open spots thanks to virtual learning. He also says that if people were to test positive for COVID-19 this fall, the school will be ready.

“Quarantine procedures are in place and we are ready to put that into place or if on a state level, there is a shutdown like we experienced back in the spring, we are prepared as well,” Hoffa said.

Freshmen have their orientation on Monday and upperclassmen will have their orientation on Tuesday. Everybody will be back in the building by Wednesday.

Father Hoffa says they are planning for a full 180 days of instruction time. They also plan to hold communion, which would take place in the school’s gymnasium.

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