OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - At Okolona Elementary School, some teachers rotate between virtual and in-person classes. Others teach both at the same time.
La’Keshia Johnson teaches kindergarten at Okolona elementary. She said she has 30 students in person and nine who are virtual.
Johnson tries to keep both her traditional and virtual students engaged by singing songs and using a lot of hand motions.
“I know I was put here to teach," she said. "Whether it’s going virtual or traditional, I’m going to do my best to reach and teach all students no matter the circumstances.”
In order to keep her traditional class safe, Johnson said she and her students wear masks. She sanitizes high touch areas after each transition and tries to keep her students six feet apart.
"I would love to hug my children each morning they come in, but we just give each other some elbow and we keep moving. We do the best we can with what we can,” she said.
As for Johnson’s virtual class, she communicates with them through the Zoom app on her phone.
Johnson said the students submit their work on Google Classroom and she gives them packets so they can work along with her traditional students.
“I’m going to do my job as efficiently and as effectively as I can to make sure they stay on target as well as my traditional kids," she said.