Students in many Green Country school districts had their first day of school on August 18, and for some they said it was a relief.
Seniors, in particular, are hoping for a year without cancellations or disruptions.
High school principal Jenks said the first day went well.
The students also said they were excited to get back to the new normal and overcome the challenges of the pandemic.
“I’m not sure because anything can happen at any time, but right now I feel like it’s going to be cool,” Kaden Hawes said. “It’s going to be a good year.”
For Jenks’ 850 seniors, their high school experience has been a rollercoaster ride: in and out of virtual learning, mask mandates and cancellations.
“It was a really tough year during COVID, and I had to salvage the junior year, but Jenks helped me really well with that, and my counselors and teachers helped me really well this year,” Daunte said. Senior Kozikuski.
Seniors are marking their senior year and also their parking spaces with colorful paintings of original art, pop culture and things that have helped them through the pandemic.
“So my parking spot is Friends themed,” senior Cora McVay explained. “It’s my favorite TV show. It taught me a lot actually, just life lessons and stuff like that and how I wanted to grow old.”
Principal David Beiler said students really benefit from having a creative outlet, as well as structure and routines.
“So what we’re seeing is if we can definitely establish this consistent bell schedule, consistent expectations in class, that’s one thing that helps them, but what really helps them is just d ‘have a creative staff that really cares about engaging students,” says Beiler.
Students News On 6 spoke to said they are comfortable with current CDC guidelines and are returning to school without a mask since most people are vaccinated.