Park implements buffer before unlimited capacity

One-week safeguard separates spring break, increase in capacity


Jacob Perszyk

Students walk to their classes April 9. Plans to remain three feet apart for social distancing.

Harris Keekley

According to junior Will Dooley, he believes although he learns better in a school environment, he is more concerned for the health of everyone else.

“Personally I feel like the move towards 100 percent is a little rushed. I learn so much better in person, but I’m also concerned with the safety of the student body,” Dooley said.

After spring break, the school plans to switch to an unlimited capacity of students attending in-person learning.

According to interim principal Wendy Loberg, administration is keeping track of the number of cases within Hennepin County as the school prepares for full capacity in order to confirm if it is safe enough to allow unlimited capacity.

“We watch these numbers very closely every day, I know that superintendent Osei and the COVID(-19) group that works on planning,” Loberg said. “Should there be a need to keep everybody home on distance for a week, I know he would make that call, but it would depend on (COVID-19) numbers.”

According to assistant principal Jessica Busse, the administration doesn’t have the capability to fully monitor students’ actions, so it plans to focus on controlling interactivity and keeping students 3 feet apart as a minimum.

“There are only so many things that we can do to take control, so what we have to do is do all we can to mitigate interactions,” Busse said.

Junior Thomas Hanson believes the buffer put in place isn’t sufficient and although he wants to see his friends again, it’s not enough to keep everyone safe.

“I am very excited to go back to 100 percent so I can see my friends,” Hanson said. “But the pseudo-quarantine is useless and won’t affect anything; it is definitely not enough time to deter anything that will happen (over break).”

According to Loberg, although administration does all it can to stop the spread of COVID-19, they can’t control what students do on their own.

“We’re pretty strict on the mask here at school. And of course, we don’t control outside of school or kids in cars, which is where I hope every student flexes their own right to say, ‘would you please put your mask on, I don’t want to get sick,’” Loberg said.