ORWELL — The Conversation Station is scheduled to open its doors on Tuesday to greet students for the first time since March.

“We are certainly pleased that we can attempt to get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Gary Hunter, board president for the Conversation Station that has reached out to help students for the past 20 years.

Hunter said the station usually opens after Labor Day so children have a chance to readjust to the school situation. He said they will be social distancing, have their temperatures taken and be wearing masks.

He said students from fourth grade through high school will be eligible to attend the after-school program. Hunter said there will be some former programming and hopefully new programming with area volunteers stepping up to help.

Hunter said the Conservation Station, in normal times, would have 10 to 15 people on a slow day and more than 20 on a busy day.

“We are limiting it to 15 kids [at a time],” he said.

“Some of the programs like Bingo and the Good News Club will occur once a week,” he said. Hunter said craft programs will continue and be held more often if volunteers offer to teach a specific craft.

“We are always looking for volunteers,” he said.

The Conversation Station, located on Main Avenue just east of the Route 45 intersection, has adjusted hours since the Grand Valley Schools will be getting out of school earlier than previous years. He said the Conversation Station will be open 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week.

Hunter said school busing will not be provided this year, but students can walk or be dropped off at the site.

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