PLYMOUTH – Teachers and other education leaders happily greeted students at Fisher Elementary School Thursday morning as parents dropped them off for the first day of the new school year.
It was a cool, grey morning as parents’ vehicles and school busses pulled in to drop off their youngsters, some of whom were coming to school for the first time along with others who had spent the summer doing distance learning. For the first time in months, they donned their backpacks and walked over to meet their teachers face to face – albeit behind masks.
Monica Hunt, who was dropping her daughter Summer off for her first day of kindergarten, said that Summer is very excited to go to school. As a parent, she said that she loves the local district.
“She has been missing playing with her friends,” said Hunt.
Matt and Tracey Graziano were also dropping off their son, Logan, for his first day at Kindergarten.
“It’s good to have him coming in to school,” said Tracey Graziano. “I think it’s safe.”
Raquel and Aaron Britt were dropping off their two older children, Sebastian, who is going into third grade, and Gabriel, who is going into fifth grade. Both boys said that their favorite subject was reading and that they missed recess.
“I’m glad that they’re able to come back to a nice clean, safe school,” said Raquel Britt. “I’m hoping that things will work out well with the hybrid plan of two days in school and three at home. They did pretty well with the distance learning.”
Superintendent of Schools Martin Semmel and Principal Kim Loveland were outside to wave to the children and greet the parents as they arrived.
“We’re absolutely excited to have them back in the building,” said Loveland. “We miss them and their energy. Today, we’ll be welcoming them back and going through the new protocols. It’ll be a great year.”
Semmel, who was making his rounds at all local schools Thursday, said that he felt teachers are well-prepared and ready to go. Semmel will be leaving the district Sept. 14 to become superintendent in Trumbull and he feels it is in good hands.
“At every school, the principals and teachers are excited to have the kids back,” he said. “They are well-prepared to follow all safety protocols and social distancing.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.