QUINCY (WGEM) — While the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all schools, the future is looking brighter, as the state of Illinois loosens some COVID-19 restrictions for schools.
Pep band is just one school activity at QHS that had been put on the back burner due to the pandemic. But now with some COVID-19 restrictions loosening, Senior Nathan Kraemer says the band is back together.
“I’m stoked because we’re able to do pep band now. We weren’t able to do anything up until a month ago probably,” Kraemer said. “After that, we’ve been rehearsing every Thursday.”
QHS Principal Jody Steinke said it has been a long time coming.
Now, QPS will allow visitors in the building if they have business with the school and will allow 20% capacity for outdoor sporting events and 50 spectators for indoor activities.
“It’s starting to feel like a normal school year. You know I can hear the Jazz band practicing after school. I see the pommers practicing in the commons. We’ve had basketball going on for a couple of months volleyball girls are starting to come in and practice football,” Steinke said.
“Flinn Stadium is buzzing right now. So it really is exciting for the kids that we’re going to give them at least a normal end of the year.”
Steinke said getting to this point was a group effort.
“If you would’ve asked me in August if we were to still be in person through the end of the year, I would’ve told you no way. And here we are, we’re going to make it.”
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