With COVID-19 restrictions in place, students can no longer freely move about their classrooms. However, Jeffrey Almonaitis, a first grade teacher at Phillips Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead School District, came up with a solution: Allow his students to stand while they work at their desks.
“The students had an entire day of desk work,” said Almonaitis. “We have to give them some leeway in the COVID-19 classroom environment.”
After making an announcement to his students that they may stand while working, nearly all decided to take advantage of the opportunity.
“It is so important for students to be able to move, because they do get tired sitting,” he said.