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San Diego's oldest high school welcomes students back to campus

Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 20:09:45-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- Students at some private schools in San Diego returned for on-campus learning Tuesday.

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in Normal Heights is one of them. The 138 year-old Catholic, all-girls high school is the oldest in San Diego.

Solana Musicant is excited to start her senior year.

"I think this is kind of the new normal, I think getting used to it now is really good," said Musicant.

Head of School Dr. Lauren Lek said they began preparing for this day as soon as the school year ended.

"It's about layer upon layer of safety," said Lek.

Those layers include face mask requirements, social distancing, and temperature checks upon entry.

"From our plexiglass desk to 6 feet physical distancing to make at all times to only eating outdoors to even our UV lights that are on in our buildings to help make sure all bacteria and viruses are cleaned out before the air comes into the classrooms," said Lek.

Lek says the changes cost more than half a million dollars. The twenty-thousand dollar a year tuition and donations paid for the upgrades.

It's an investment Musicant appreciates.

"I learn better in person, having a teacher there than I do virtually."

Lek says 15% of the roughly seven-hundred plus students chose to continue learning virtually from home.