Students returned to the classroom in-person and virtually from home September 8th after nearly six months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The typical first day jitters and excitement were on full display, even if concealed a bit by face masks.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students returned to the traditional classroom setting, attending in-person five days a week with an emphasis on the use of virtual platforms.
Middle and high school school students with last names K-Z began the school year in person, while students with last names A-J logged in from home, attending school virtually. Secondary students will attend school in-person two days per week and work from home the remaining three days.
Brad Welle, Deputy Superintendent, Student and Community Services, said the district once again saw an increase in the student population.
“We are pleased to report a smooth first day of school. Today we have 4,398 students in Kindergarten through 12th grades, including 460 students (10.4%) who are virtual. This is up from the 4373 students on the first day a year ago,” Welle said.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marc Snow, making the rounds on the first day of school reported that students and teachers were excited to return to a more normal school routine.
"It is clear these students are thrilled to be back in school and our teachers are eager to help them learn, grow, and continue towards their goals. We look forward to a great school year,” Snow said.