Looking back at the challenges of this school year

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The school year came to a close Friday, and with it, some of the challenges Bay District Schools had to face.

This image shows sidewalk chalk writing on Breakfast Point Academy's sidewalk. (WJHG/WECP)

Clint Whitfield, Principal at Breakfast Point Academy, said, "I think one of the biggest challenges we have faced is just making sure that we are meeting the needs of the students academically in the more condensed time that we've had."

After Hurricane Michael, changes were made within the District to accommodate the students, whether it be schools closing or teachers working even harder than usual.

"We've had to make some changes for our students like with our curriculum because, you know, the testing and everything still occurred," said Whitfield.

Employees and students have stayed strong through it all.

"I couldn't be more happy with the leadership that we've had and that we've all come together as schools to, you know, really teach every kid, whether they were here before the storm or after the storm," said Whitfield.

Marsha Rockhill, Music and Arts Teacher at St. Andrew School, said, "Teachers, you know, we're trained to be the center of the storm, you know, and then fix what's going on, you know, work the problem, you know, and that's what we've all done."

When we look back upon this crazy school year, school officials say they were also learning, right alongside the students.

"As far as the District, I mean, I think we have rose to the challenge and persevered through a lot of things that, you know, they don't teach us in school, and they don't teach you how to deal with these things as a principal, or a superintendent, or a teacher," said Whitfield.

Closing the chapter and looking forward to next school year, with, hopefully, fewer major challenges.

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