By Sarah Baker
For the Advance
Wendy Coppock had a lot to take on at the beginning of the school year.
This year is her first year as principal at Gus Wetter School – in the midst of a global pandemic.
On March 16th, 2020 when COVID-19 changed how schools were operating, Coppock began to work with the current staff in order to create a plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
“I was not at Gus Wetter School last year, but I did have the opportunity to work with many schools as they navigated what learning would look like for the remainder of the year while working at the central office for the Clearview School Division,” said Coppock.
Safety continues to be a high priority for students and staff in the school, she said.
“At Gus Wetter School, we are very lucky to have an exceptional caretaker who also works so hard to keep our students safe.”
The staff and student councils at the school have also worked hard in order to incorporate activities for students this year, said Coppock.
“Many fun and positive activities that promote wellness and mindfulness have been done this year, including an activity where the senior student council went on a kindness campaign and left notes around the community.”
The school is hopeful about being able to have the prom ceremony for students graduating from high school in June. The school has also booked a videographer for the event so that family, friends and loved ones will be able to watch the ceremony, said Coppock.
“We moved the event to later in the school year, hoping for more openings in the government regulations and (changed) protocols for social gatherings.”
Even with the ongoing pandemic, the atmosphere at the school hasn’t changed, said Coppock.
“I am so happy to be back and so grateful to be travelling this COVID-19 journey with hard-working staff, supportive families and dedicated students.”