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Knox County Schools teachers and administrators discuss going back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Knoxville News Sentinel

Gabi Loveday is the daughter of two teachers so she knew what kind of workload she was getting into. 

But what caught her off-guard is how much she thinks and worries about her student’s routines in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Loveday is an intern at Claxton Elementary School in Anderson County where she teaches first grade students and learns from a mentor teacher. Just like every teacher, she has to think twice about keeping kids spaced apart whether it’s for story time on a communal rug or organizing stations where kids rotate through different activities. 

“One of the side effects of COVID for an incoming teacher is we don’t get to see those best practices in motion,” Loveday said. “In an odd way, it’s a good time to be an upcoming teacher