GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Caprock Academy students have the option to study at home, but an overwhelming majority of them are opting out for in person learning.
Max Witwer is a senior at the Caprock Academy. It’s a charter school in Grand Junction that opened its doors to students for the first time since the Coronavirus Pandemic. Though students have the option of staying home and learning remotely, 90 percent of the student body has chosen to attend school in person. “I’m so happy to be back,” says Witwer.
It’s the COVID related health guidelines, including a self-reporting symptom screening and temperature check each morning, that makes this possible. The regulations are new to the students, but many of them, including Witwer, say it’s a small price to pay to be able to learn with their friends.
“I think that at Caprock, in particular, it’s such a collaborative school just because of the small class sizes, and I definitely came back for that reason,” says Witwer.
“Students have adapted really well with some of our extra hygiene protocols, most of the students are wearing masks except the very young ones for most of the day,” says Andrew Collins, the Head of the School at Caprock Academy. Although the number of students at school may shift as the semester goes on, Collins says they’re off to a good start.