Kids prepare for first day back in classrooms

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HUGHESTOWN, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – After a year of online learning, it’s time the kids at Pittston Area Primary Center pack up their backpacks and get ready for their first day back in a real classroom.

5-year-old Daisy Padula is excited for her first in-person day of kindergarten.

“I get to see all of my friends and teachers,” said Padula.

“Being in a classroom with her teacher and students all doing the same thing. They need that structure. I think she’s going to flourish, I really do,” said Zoe Erpelding, Daisy’s mother.

Erpelding says Daisy is missing invaluable lessons by learning online.

“They need that structure, they need that hands-on, you can’t just expect them to sit on a computer screen for hours on end and do their work. They need that one-on-one. They need other children with them to play and socialize. That’s really important,” said Erpelding.

“There’s no reason they shouldn’t be back in school five days a week, there just isn’t a reason,” said Parents Erin and Larry Banta.

Erin and Larry Banta have three children who go to school in the Wyoming Area School District, which goes back to in-person learning two days a week on March 22. They want their kids back full-time, but are concerned about the methods of sanitization being used to ensure their classrooms are disinfected.

“The frequency of cleanings they’re going to be doing at the school which is multiple times a day. They’re going to be bringing in nano-fog machines that spooze out cleaners and chemicals as well. So, we’re concerned with the overuse of the toxic cleaning chemicals that are being used with our kids when they’re going to sit in it all day, breathe it all day, touch it all day. That’s a concern of ours, too,” said Banta.

Eyewitness News had several parents reach out about a Wyoming Area School District protest planned for next week. They say they just want their kids back in school full-time.

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