MINT HILL, NC – An average day at Queen’s Grant High School this fall begins in the carpool lane, where staff with iPads and thermometers greet arriving students. “Each iPad is already set up with the Google Form that we have to ask them each day,” says Principal Josh Swartzlander, referring to questions about whether students have tested positive for COVID-19 or had extended contact with someone who has. “When there’s a huge rush, I say, I’ll check all your temps and then go through each question, and they can follow along with me. We have one staff member here,” continues Swartzlander, gesturing to the student parking lot, “one to navigate traffic, another one up there to make sure we don’t miss anybody.”
If it sounds complicated, it’s because it is. Yet it’s only one piece of the large and complex puzzle that allows Queen’s Grant students to be on campus for two days a week while their counterparts at schools like Independence, Butler, and Rocky River will remain remote for most of the first semester.