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St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute to welcome back students for in-person classes

Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 09, 2020

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Students at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute on Kenmore Avenue are slowly making their way into the classroom.

“You can’t see their smiles behind the masks, but you can tell from their eyes that they are really excited to be back," President of St. Joe's Christopher Fulco said.

Each day this week the school has invited back a different grade, but on Friday, 500 plus students will be in the building.

"I'm just happy to be back,” one student expressed.

From plexiglass, to floor markers, to physically removing seats in certain rooms, Fulco said the school did all it can keep its students safe. The school even went ahead and created an isolation room in case a student comes down with COVID-19.

“We really tried to think of everything that we could possibly think of to keep the students safe,” he said.

Each morning students entering the building will be temperature checked and throughout the day, each person in the building must wear a mask

“Wearing the mask is not everyone's favorite thing to do, but it's necessary to keep the school open and everyone's safety,” a sophomore at St. Joe's said.

“We consider ourselves a brotherhood here at St. Joe's," Fulco said. "This is an opportunity for us to really put that into practice and to be each other's keepers and to do the little things like where a mask and walk on the right side of the hallway to keep each other safe throughout the pandemic.”