EL teachers take extra steps to accommodate kindergarteners
Imagine starting kindergarten during a pandemic – unable to hug new teachers or settle in to new surroundings. Then imagine the 5-year-olds for whom English is not their primary language at home. English Learner teachers in Fayette County Public Schools have done their best to smooth the transition to school for these youngsters amid the COVID-19 restrictions and distance learning.
At Russell Cave Elementary, for instance, teachers set up parking-lot stations to administer the state-required kindergarten language screening, which marks initial placement in the EL program. “We felt like being outside would create a safety net for ourselves and for families to hopefully feel more comfortable in bringing their students in person. Being in an outdoor setting with our masks and plexiglass dividers would be the safest way,” said Austin Bird, who is in his first year at Russell Cave.