Throughout this past year school districts had to find ways to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, including one Guthrie County school district. 

Panorama Schools Superintendent Shawn Holloway says looking back to the start of the school year there were many unknowns involving the pandemic and mitigation strategies which were put into place. Holloway says in terms of how the school year played out they made the best of the situation. 

“I think there is just times where you’re just trying to get through it and that’s okay. And at the end of it you look back and say just getting through it was a huge accomplishment. I think that’s kind of where we were as a staff at the end of the school year.”

Holloway tells Raccoon Valley Radio looking back at the beginning of the school year last year, he pointed out the lack of normal excitement due to the concern of what the pandemic might bring during the year but going into this upcoming school year things are looking different. 

“All those things that you had to put in place last year, so little was dealing with education. So, it’s nice to be able to get back to education and teaching and learning.”

Holloway says some of the biggest challenges for teaching staff was simultaneously creating virtual and face-to-face lessons.