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Local school districts create plans to get school supplies back to students

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Posted at 8:05 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:49:30-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — At Skyview Middle School in Colorado Springs, there's a gym full of bags of all shapes and and sizes. On the outside are labels detailing the names and grades of students. On the inside, you'll find pencils, locker ornaments, and other school supplies.

Catherine Tinucci is the principal. She says custodial workers and other staff have been bagging school supplies for weeks. When stay-at-home orders were first put in place school was shutdown abruptly, causing many school supplies to get left behind.

"I really didn't want to do it this way," Tinucci said. "I wanted to be able to let kids in."

Tinucci wanted her kids to be able to see their teachers in person one last time before the year is up.

"We didn't have any new information from the governor's office. It was still you can't have kids inside. So this is our plan 'B,'" she said. Tinucci is referring to a curbside pick-up for parents and their kids. Families can come at designated times to get any belongings left, after the stay-at-home order was put in place.

"The parents can also go to some stations where they can drop off library books, text books, and wrestling uniforms," she said.

District 70 in Pueblo is using the same plan. Todd Siep, public information officer for the district, says when students come by to get their things it's a mixed bag of emotions.

"Some students come in and they're kind of sad." Seip said. "Others are excited to see their teachers."

Seip says the district has only two weeks left of e-learning. Between now and then, all students will get a chance to get their school supplies back.

"Middle school and high school levels can go in with a parent or guardian and go get those items if they need to," he said. "For elementary kids, our staff went in last week and boxed up those items. "

For more information on picking up your child's school supplies, click here for a full list.