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Westmorland Elementary School welcomes a small group of students for in-person learning

News 11's Gianella Ghiglino joins them for their first day back at school

WESTMORLAND, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - A group of three students eagerly lined up outside the gates of Westmorland Elementary School. They hadn't seen their friends in months and you could see their excitement build up as they waited for their teacher to come take their temperature.

"We're allowing the students that need the one on one interaction to come back to school in cohorts. The students in special education they rely heavily on sensory learning," said Fawn Nielsen, Principal.

They are in a classroom of no more than three and each have their own teacher. They are spaced out and must wear masks or face shields at all times.

"We have a cleaning system, that allows us to sanitize classrooms more effectively," said Richard Cordero Superintendent.

Coming up on the Evening Edition, News 11 Gianella Ghiglino takes us inside Westmorland Elementary School and shows us this new way of learning.

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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