Students, faculty, and staff returned for the 1st Day of School 2020 at St. Columban in Loveland today

By Chuck Gibson 

LOVELAND, OH (August 24, 2020) – St. Columban Catholic School faculty, staff and administration welcomed the kids back to school today.

St. Columban School Principal (in bus doorway) and Pastor, Rev. Larry Tensi greeted kids on First Day back at St. Columban School (School photo)

St. Columban School Principal Jo Rhoten was there to welcome the kids as they arrived on busses in the morning. St. Columban Church Pastor, Rev. Larry Tensi was there to greet the kids as they arrived – just like he does every morning throughout the school year. Loveland Police officer Steiny, the school resource officer was right there to say hi to the kids too. The protective face masks could not hide the joy on their faces.

 “It’s been great,” said one St. Columban teacher midway through the day. “We’re singing and dancing.”

St. Columban School – Loveland, Ohio (Chuck Gibson)

If you didn’t know better, or see the facial masks and spacing, you would have thought it was the normal celebration of the first day of school. In many ways it was. Credit goes to all the staff, teachers, parents, administrators and even students for preparing to make the best of a challenging situation. Rhoten knows challenges remain, but the enthusiasm of the first day, and all the preparation they put into it,  helped get them off on the right foot. 

“The morning went smooth,” said Rhoten. “Lunch went smooth. Everybody has done a great job. The kids are excited to be back. We’re excited to be back.”


Loveland Police Department Officer Steiny greeted St. Co.umban kids on their first day back to school Monday, August 24, 2020 – He is the school resource officer (School photo)

The classrooms were ready. The kids were ready too.

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Students returned to fill the empty desks in St. Columban School classrooms Monday, August 24, 2020 (Chuck Gibson)

St. Columban School Principal Mrs. Jo Rhoten ushered in the new school year escorting students into the classroom Monday, August 24, 2020 (School photo)