CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- A new school year is now underway in Corinth, Mississippi, as the Corinth School District reopened its doors to teachers and students for in-person instruction on Monday.
Students and teachers alike were excited to have their first day back in school after an extended summer vacation because of the coronavirus. The schools had been closed since March.
Superintendent Lee Childress said although there were some minor negatives, as is to be expected with any school day, teachers and students had a great first day back. The day started with a parade.
Though it may have sounded ironic a year ago, according to Childress, getting ready for the first day back at school was like Christmas Eve for some of the kids.
“We have seen large numbers of students are showing up today,” Childress said. “It's something our community wanted. As you said, there’s an excitement in the air that we’re returning to school since it’s the first time since March.”
According to parent Tara Williams, her kids have been excited to go back for a long time.
“They are just excited to see people they haven’t seen in a while,” Williams said.
Williams said she loves the steps the administration has taken to keep the kids safe. She said Childress gave consistent Facebook live chats while school was out to keep parents informed.
Williams added those talks and safety measures have reassured her the kids are as safe as they can be. She also commented on masks.
“I know masks has kind of gotten to be political or controversial, but I support it and It’s a fairly painless way to take away some of our risk,” Williams said.
She is grateful the school district gives the choice for in-person learning or online learning. As far as safety, Childress said it remains top priority.
“We’ve taken the precautions that have been recommended,” Childress said. “We have looked at everything that has been put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, in addition to the CDC and our State Department of Health. We’re following those guidelines, along with other measures that we have put in place to do what we can to create the safest learning environment that we can.”
Childress said each of the students received two masks and one lanyard. The lanyard goes around behind the student’s neck and clips onto either side of the mask, like a lanyard that may be on a pair of sunshades.
He said the lanyard will keep students from having to lay their masks down and will help to keep them clean when students have to take them off.