Students at the Lillian M. Jacobs Elementary School celebrated their 100th day in school this past Tuesday. While the 100th-day celebration is held every year, this year’s event took on greater meaning due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The school community celebrated the day in a variety of ways. Students and staff members dressed up like 100-year-olds; kindergartners counted 100 objects; writing prompts focused on the number 100 throughout the building; and they all participated in various other 100th-day activities.
Instruction at the Jacobs School has been in-person four days a week since the first day of school, accounting for 75 in-person days. There have been 18 remote Wednesdays, five school-imposed quarantine days based on positive cases, and one weather-related closure.
“When we opened the school in September, we thought we would be back to remote by October, then by Halloween, then Thanksgiving. Then we made it through the holidays and haven’t looked back,” said Principal Christine Cappadona.
“Each holiday has been a milestone in keeping the school open, and we have treasured every in-person day as a gift. To make it to the 100th day says a lot about the dedication and perseverance of each and every member of our school community,” she continued. “We thank our entire school community for everything they have done to make this year a success so far and look forward to the remainder of the year as we continue to progress and move forward.”
Cappadona credited the school’s teachers, staff, and students for their diligence in following all safety guidelines. It was noted that students have benefited from being in their classrooms with their teachers.
“This year we are not only celebrating the tradition of reaching the 100th day, we are celebrating having any Jacobs student in-person who wishes to be,” she said. “The Jacobs School serves as an example that, with the proper protocols in place, compliance from students and dedication from staff, schools can open their doors to in-person learning.”