Turtles, tortoises, other class pets return to classroom post-pandemic

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As teachers pivoted to online learning last school year, some faced a unique challenge: what would happen to their class pets? Central Ohio teachers scrambled to find surrogate homes for their turtles, bearded dragons and other class pets last spring and, in some cases, again over the summer. More:Here are the top-ranked Columbus […]

As teachers pivoted to online learning last school year, some faced a unique challenge: what would happen to their class pets?

Central Ohio teachers scrambled to find surrogate homes for their turtles, bearded dragons and other class pets last spring and, in some cases, again over the summer.

More:Here are the top-ranked Columbus area high schools, according to US News and World Report

“Those are some of the pandemic things people don’t think about,” said Katie Guehl, a fourth-grade teacher at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin. 

She has had her class pet, Daphne Phyllis, a red-eared slider turtle for almost 20 years. 

“She is a little staple,” Guehl said of the roughly 25- to 30-year-old turtle named by her students after studying mythology. “The kids know her and … are excited to befriend her. They may not remember my math lesson at the end of the day, but they’ll remember feeding the turtle.” 

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