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ST. LUCIE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
The pandemic spawned new technology, educational software and innovative
NON-ACADEMIC MATTERS … MATTER
Parochial schools combine religious training with other
studies. Jennifer Trefelner of the Diocese of Palm Beach says
that during the pandemic, liturgical events transitioned to
Extracurricular activities were compromised as well.
Miller says their students and parents appreciated access to
continued activities. Sports, band and theater “are part of a
well-balanced program, an opportunity for students to have
a normal school experience.” Virtual concerts, social distancing
and requiring spectators to wear masks are some of the
measures schools have adopted.
Families who were already homeschooling are weathering
the pandemic with comparative ease. Olivet Private School
is an umbrella for more than 100 students taught at home by
their parents in the tri-county area. Administrator Christina
Cunningham says that while Olivet had to cancel group activities
in 2020, educational momentum continued.
“We had the same stress and concerns as everybody else,”
she says, “but pace and materials weren’t affected.”
States set their own rules regarding immunizations and
school enrollment. Polio and measles vaccines, for example,
have been required for years. Whether COVID-19 vaccines
will be added to the list remains to be seen.
Gent believes teachers should be at the top of the list for
vaccinations if they choose to get them.
“The response to the pandemic has shown the resiliency of
education and educators, testing their foundations,” he says.
Dealing with a pandemic, says Moore, has required
“complex problem solving. There was no blueprint to follow.
Adults came together and worked together, and it was the
children who benefited the most.”
For the most part, students, families and educators on the
Treasure Coast have adapted as their environment changed.
“Our students truly shined as heroes,” Trefelner says. “We
have recognized the fact that we can be our best selves in difficult
times, and we are stronger because of these changes.”