PLAINVILLE – Despite potential flooding concerns, Plainville students managed to get to school safe, on time and ready to learn Thursday.
Superintendent of Schools Steve LePage started his day at 4 a.m. Thursday, speaking to the local fire department and road crews to assess road blockages and flooding to make sure it would be safe on the roads for students.
“It was not a normal start, but we were able to get everybody to school on time and start the day smoothly for the most part,” he said. “We had some small issues with the buses and we’re trying to make corrections; it happens every year despite our best efforts. I thank the parents for their patience.”
As a whole, LePage said, both students and staff were happy to be back and were complying with health and safety requirements.
“Everyone was excited to be back,” he said. “We had some good activities at each school to welcome kids back, encourage students to develop social relationships and acclimate if they were learning remotely last year. Most students were in the school building all year last year.”
LePage added that a special orientation was held for freshman coming in to high school to make them feel welcome. This included team-building activities with a lot of the staff as well.
At Linden Street School, Principal Jeff Wallowitz said that things were off to a good start as well.
“It’s so good to see all the kids and everyone back together,” he said. “A lot of parents dropped their children off at the front of the school and said that their kids were excited to be back in school.”
Wallowitz said that a kindergarten meet and greet was held Wednesday to welcome kindergarteners and their families and prepare them for their first day today.
“This is my second year as principal at Linden and while we haven’t had a typical year yet in Plainville, it is already better than last year,” he said.
At Toffolon Elementary School, Kevin Young was taking his daughter Ryleigh to her first day of second grade. She had also attended kindergarten and preschool at Toffolon.
“They do a great job here,” said Young. “The teachers are on top of everything; she’s very comfortable here - a social butterfly.”
Dean Corriveau said that his daughter, Emily, who is starting fifth grade, was “so excited to be back.”
“She loves everything; she loves Toffolon,” he said
LePage said that there was a scare Thursday when a plane crashed nearby in Farmington and many students and staff spotted smoke and fire in the distance around 10 a.m. He told students to stay inside to ensure that they would be safe.
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