It seems like a regular year… kinda.
This is normal. Around.
It’s the same, but different.
Those feelings were heard on the first day of school around Southern California.
Most public school students returned to full-time classes in August, when masks are required inside – a far cry from the mix of socially-distancing hybrid schooling and online classes that students suffered last year.
Roosevelt Elementary first grade teacher Julie Smith not only returned to class, but also to a new school. Anaheim Elementary School District completely revamped the aging site and welcomes students back to campus with spectacular new buildings and clean classrooms.
Earlier in the day, Smith took his class on a tour of the new facility. She said that even though she is teaching in first grade, most of her students were in first grade, noting that it would be like teaching kindergarten about school – adding that she was pleased that her students How mature were you in handling the infection?
AESD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Downing said, “Students, parents and staff have been waiting for this day for almost a year and a half.” “Our students will now have the full campus experience of in-person learning with their peers. Such interactions are integral to their academic, social and emotional development.”
In Lake Forest, parent volunteer Leigh Hansen wore a dinosaur costume as she greeted students at Gates Elementary School; Young people from Laguna Niguel Elementary School toss beach balls to each other in class during a roll call.
In San Bernardino, Pacuma Elementary School principal Victoria Morales stationed herself outside the main entrance more than half an hour before the campus opened, just to make sure any early arrivals knew where to go. Is.
“I look forward to allowing students to re-understand what the school is about – friends and learning and collaboration and just encouragement from their peers and their teachers that were missing during distance learning,” Morales said. “I look forward to filling the learning gaps that may accumulate during distance learning and taking students to the next level.”
Teachers and staff at Stanford Elementary School in Garden Grove formed a welcoming line, waving homemade signs and cheering students as they walked across campus.
In the north end of Orange County, students at Weaver Elementary were among the first to start the school. Kindergarten through fifth grade students began instructing on August 3rd, with a noticeable difference from last year’s parents.
During the 2020-2021 school year, parents were not permitted on the Rossmoor-area campus. But this year, Mom and Dad kept hanging out, hugging each other, greeting friends as if they were just returning from summer vacation.
In the San Fernando Valley, where all LAUSD students were required to have a COVID-19 test before they could return to school, Liggett Street elementary teacher Mia Cortez said, “We are all feeling excited and nervous too, but there is something to really find. are looking forward to. Close to pre-pandemic ‘normal’ and best our situation safely.”