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Gilford schools hold in-person and remote summer programs

August 06, 2020
As the Gilford School District looks at options for reopening, the schools were open for a number of summer programs that took many precautions.

In the report to the school board on school reopening recommendations, Superintendent Kirk Beitler said the district had a number of successful programs over the summer. All the activities had screening, social distancing, and had students practice personal hygiene including masks, hand washing, and sanitizer.

"We know the guidance for summer camps and sports has been to work with small groups of children to start these processes," Beitler wrote.

Beitler also noted that Gilford, Gilmanton, and Belknap County in general had low numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The district held a summer camp that Beitler said was successful. Camp was broken up into cohorts of nine campers that worked with one counselor, each with their own equipment and supplies. During the camp kids were outside most of the time.

Kindergarten held a screening outside with each student working with a teacher with their own activities. In total six students worked for 45 minutes to an hour with six teachers.

For the Title I program, 38 students took part in the program with a ratio of one student to one teacher. Students worked for 45 minutes on six-foot tables to maintain social distancing. The camp took 15 minutes to disinfect tables.

A number of special education services took place. Over the summer 23 students received occupational, physical, and speech therapy and academic services.

Gilford Middle School held its summer math and literacy academies, 57 students in the program had options for remote and in person activities. Those who took part in person had a ratio of 10 students to one teacher.

Gilford High School held its competency recovery program and summer school in person and remotely. Of the 57 students who took part, 13 took part in the camp in person and nine did the competency recovery in person.

As the NHIAA has approved fall sports going ahead in September, workout sessions began for Gilford High School athletics. Initially groups of nine athletes worked with one coach and everyone worked outside. After two weeks, the sizes of the groups increased.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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