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Back to school 2020: the day in pictures

MIAMI | Archdiocesan schools started the 2020-2021 school year online as scheduled, Aug. 19, 2020. Here's a visual record of how virtual learning is already taking place at some of our schools. We will keep adding photos as they come in.

Below, images of what learning looked like today at a number of schools: St. Bonaventure School in Davie; Our Lady of Lourdes SchoolMother of Our Redeemer SchoolLourdes Academy and Immaculata-La Salle High School in Miami; Nativity School in Hollywood; St. Brendan High School and St. Brendan Elementary in Miami; Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches; and how one set of siblings, attending St. Michael the Archangel and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, "attended" virtual school.

St. Bonaventure's Lisa Balzer Zooms with her third grade students on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, Aug. 19, 2020.

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St. Bonaventure's Lisa Balzer Zooms with her third grade students on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, Aug. 19, 2020.

St. Bonaventure first grade teacher, Rosina Villavisanis, gets ready to welcome her students to a new school year, Aug. 19, 2020.

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St. Bonaventure first grade teacher, Rosina Villavisanis, gets ready to welcome her students to a new school year, Aug. 19, 2020.

St. Bonaventure's Alicia Dominguez checks a PreK4 student's temperature on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students

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St. Bonaventure's Alicia Dominguez checks a PreK4 student's temperature on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students

Planning for a return to in-person classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Bonaventure School in Davie got an upgrade over the summer, adding this middle school hand washing station and water bottle refill stations.

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Planning for a return to in-person classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Bonaventure School in Davie got an upgrade over the summer, adding this middle school hand washing station and water bottle refill stations.

 

Our Lady of Lourdes School's PreK3 teacher, Nora Estrada, sets up circle time for in person instruction on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. At right, an iPad is on the tripod for the virtual students.. PreK parents could choose between in-person and online instruction.

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Our Lady of Lourdes School's PreK3 teacher, Nora Estrada, sets up circle time for in person instruction on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. At right, an iPad is on the tripod for the virtual students.. PreK parents could choose between in-person and online instruction.

Photo of a socially distanced PreK3 classroom at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

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Photo of a socially distanced PreK3 classroom at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

Photo of a socially distanced PreK4 classroom at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

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Photo of a socially distanced PreK4 classroom at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

 

Photo of a socially distanced PreK4 classroom at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. The in-person students are surrounded by sneeze guards at their desks, the teacher, Patricia Medina, is wearing a mask/shield, and other students are learning from home.

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Photo of a socially distanced PreK4 classroom at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. The in-person students are surrounded by sneeze guards at their desks, the teacher, Patricia Medina, is wearing a mask/shield, and other students are learning from home.

Alex Rodriguez, a PreK4 student at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, is surrounded by a sneeze guard and wearing a mask on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

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Alex Rodriguez, a PreK4 student at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, is surrounded by a sneeze guard and wearing a mask on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

PreK4 students learning from home are visible on a tripod-mounted iPad to their teacher at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

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PreK4 students learning from home are visible on a tripod-mounted iPad to their teacher at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020.

Photo of a socially distanced PreK4 classroom at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. The in-person students are surrounded by sneeze guards at their desks, teacher Patricia Medina is wearing a mask/shield and other students are learning from home.

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Photo of a socially distanced PreK4 classroom at Mother of Our Redeemer School, Miami, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. The in-person students are surrounded by sneeze guards at their desks, teacher Patricia Medina is wearing a mask/shield and other students are learning from home.

 

A Lourdes Academy teacher conducts virtual classes on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. All the classrooms at the high school have been equipped with 50" Amazon Fire TVs, which are connected to new laptops -- all intended to facilitate the teaching and learning process during virtual classes.

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A Lourdes Academy teacher conducts virtual classes on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. All the classrooms at the high school have been equipped with 50" Amazon Fire TVs, which are connected to new laptops -- all intended to facilitate the teaching and learning process during virtual classes.

A Lourdes Academy teacher conducts virtual classes on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. All the classrooms at the high school have been equipped with 50" Amazon Fire TVs, which are connected to new laptops -- all intended to facilitate the teaching and learning process during virtual classes.

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A Lourdes Academy teacher conducts virtual classes on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. All the classrooms at the high school have been equipped with 50" Amazon Fire TVs, which are connected to new laptops -- all intended to facilitate the teaching and learning process during virtual classes.

A Lourdes Academy teacher conducts virtual classes on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. All the classrooms at the high school have been equipped with 50" Amazon Fire TVs, which are connected to new laptops -- all intended to facilitate the teaching and learning process during virtual classes.

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A Lourdes Academy teacher conducts virtual classes on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. All the classrooms at the high school have been equipped with 50" Amazon Fire TVs, which are connected to new laptops -- all intended to facilitate the teaching and learning process during virtual classes.

 

A PreK1 student waves before entering Joanna Vera's class at Nativity School in Hollywood on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

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A PreK1 student waves before entering Joanna Vera's class at Nativity School in Hollywood on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

A PreK2 student has his temperature taken upon arriving at Nativity School in Hollywood on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

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A PreK2 student has his temperature taken upon arriving at Nativity School in Hollywood on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

Nativity School kindergarten teacher Melissa Butera teaches a lesson via iPad on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

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Nativity School kindergarten teacher Melissa Butera teaches a lesson via iPad on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

PreK3 students at Nativity School in Hollywood look past plexiglass partitions at their teacher, Brenda Bianchi,  on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

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PreK3 students at Nativity School in Hollywood look past plexiglass partitions at their teacher, Brenda Bianchi, on the first day of school, Aug. 19, 2020. PreK students were allowed to resume in-person classes at archdiocesan schools, while K-12 students returned only virtually.

 

Keiffer Scott teaches AP Chemistry through a virtual platform on the first day of the 2020-2021 academic year at St. Brendan High School in Miami.

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Keiffer Scott teaches AP Chemistry through a virtual platform on the first day of the 2020-2021 academic year at St. Brendan High School in Miami.

Freshman Nicholas Kanarek is registered and scanned at one of St. Brendan High School's new Thermoscan kiosks. The kiosks are placed at key entry points throughout campus so that when students return to school physically, the device will automatically scan their temperature with name and picture and allow them to proceed to their classroom. All faculty and staff are already using the system once they arrive to work. The kiosks recognize the face with or without a face mask.

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Freshman Nicholas Kanarek is registered and scanned at one of St. Brendan High School's new Thermoscan kiosks. The kiosks are placed at key entry points throughout campus so that when students return to school physically, the device will automatically scan their temperature with name and picture and allow them to proceed to their classroom. All faculty and staff are already using the system once they arrive to work. The kiosks recognize the face with or without a face mask.

 

A teacher enters through the thermal scan device installed at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches to detect temperatures and ensure a safe start to each school day.

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A teacher enters through the thermal scan device installed at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches to detect temperatures and ensure a safe start to each school day.

A teacher at Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches communicates with colleagues through the Canvas platform during the welcome back day for teachers at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

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A teacher at Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches communicates with colleagues through the Canvas platform during the welcome back day for teachers at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Socially distanced teachers take part in Mass at Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Socially distanced teachers take part in Mass at Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

 

Immaculata-La Salle High celebrated its incoming class on its social media platforms. The school welcomed its incoming freshmen by inviting them to share selfies so they could be introduced to the Royals community.

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Immaculata-La Salle High celebrated its incoming class on its social media platforms. The school welcomed its incoming freshmen by inviting them to share selfies so they could be introduced to the Royals community.

Immaculata-La Salle High also celebrated all of its 2019-2020 academic and athletic award winners by welcoming them back in a parade around the school field.

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Immaculata-La Salle High also celebrated all of its 2019-2020 academic and athletic award winners by welcoming them back in a parade around the school field.

 

St. Michael the Archangel third grader Sabrian Fernandez is clad in his school uniform and wearing glasses to protect his eyes from the glare of the iPad as the 2020-2021 school year begins, online for now, Aug. 19, 2020.

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St. Michael the Archangel third grader Sabrian Fernandez is clad in his school uniform and wearing glasses to protect his eyes from the glare of the iPad as the 2020-2021 school year begins, online for now, Aug. 19, 2020.

St. Michael the Archangel fifth grader Sebastian Fernandez is ready to "work from home" on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, Aug. 19, 2020.

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St. Michael the Archangel fifth grader Sebastian Fernandez is ready to "work from home" on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, Aug. 19, 2020.

 

Clad in her school uniform, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy freshman Sabrina Fernandez is ready to start learning as the 2020-2021 school year begins, online for now, Aug. 19, 2020.

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Clad in her school uniform, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy freshman Sabrina Fernandez is ready to start learning as the 2020-2021 school year begins, online for now, Aug. 19, 2020.

Above and at right, the Fernandez siblings were all set to learn from home on the first day, up and dressed in their school uniforms and connected before 8:30 a.m.

 

Below, at St. Brendan Elementary School in Miami, teachers literally danced with joy at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, in this video they created for their students.

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