For several local school districts, Thursday marked the first day that students returned to classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year. For most, returning after two years of different protocols related to COVID-19 may have felt unfamiliar.
Schools across Acadiana opened their doors to students with no requirements for masking, social distancing and other mitigation measures.
“It was exciting to be back on campus for the first ‘normal’ start of the school year and it was great to see all the smiling faces,” said Justin Centanni, member of the Lafayette Borough Council. “We’re working through the usual transportation issues at the beginning of the year, but overall it’s been a promising start.”
About half of the students in the Lafayette community returned to school Thursday. These “A-Day” students will return on Monday. On Friday, the other half of those students who are “B-Day” report, and then come back on Monday with the first half.
This phased approach allows schools to slowly move into the processes early in the year and get a feel for the tweaks they need to make to the processes without overloading their systems.
In Vermilion Parish, Superintendent Tommy Byler is also enjoying the feeling that school is getting back to normal.
“We’re very happy with our first day,” said Byler. “There was a lot of great energy. It just felt normal for the first time in a long time.”
Like Centanni, Byler acknowledged that there are still a few things to work out, as always in a school year. “A few hiccups, but that’s normal,” he explained. “It was great to be able to watch kids come in and work like you normally would.”
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