Summer time is usually a pretty quiet time for people involved in public education but that has been anything but the case this year. School officials in the area are working as hard as they can taking the steps that will be necessary to resume in-person learning next month for the first time since state ordered mandatory school closings took effect this past March. Their challenge is a difficult one. They’re trying to deal with a host of Covid 19 related rules regulations and recommendations. There’s first goal is to insure the safety of students and staff and their working feverishly to accomplish that. Mask wearing requirements that will be in place as the upcoming school year begins that will impact students in 3rd through 12th grade at both Delphos St. Johns and in the Delphos city school buildings will be particularly challenging because unlike most other school buildings in our area, their facilities are not airconditioned. Many adults, including me at times, complain about wearing a face mask even in air conditioned work places and businesses. I applaud school officials and employees who are working hard to prepare for the start of school next month and I’d encourage everyone to be patient with them as they try to navigate the uncharted waters created by Covid19. That’s the way I see it.