Harrison County School District preparing for first day

Registration for the Harrison County School District closes Friday, July 30th and will reopen on August 6th. There will be no registration on the first day of school.

This year students will return to their traditional classroom settings. Callie Cook, a new teacher at Three Rivers Elementary, spent the last week preparing her classroom, getting ready to welcome students back on campus. “I know a lot of kindergartners, all they know is the pandemic school.”

She worked in the school system last year and saw first hand how the pandemic school year posed a few challenges for students. “I know that with dedication we can get the students that were falling behind due to not being in a classroom, we can get them back on track.”

Cook also has had a little help getting her classroom ready from her daughter Allyson, who is also attending school for the first time this year. “I’m nervous, like most parents that have kids going to school this year, but not for the pandemic.”

First day jitters can be expected, just ask Jillianne Sumrall, a recent graduate from USM who is ready to meet her students. “I’m a little nervous, but excited more than nervous. I’m just excited to see their faces, welcome them, and make them feel at home.”

The pandemic led to a lot of stress on teachers causing many to leave the profession, but that didn’t deter Sumrall from becoming an educator. “Seeing how adaptable they were really motivated me to keep going with this and help them achieve their levels of success and things of that nature.”

As of now classes will carry on like they did before the pandemic with extra sanitation practices in place. Masks are not being required, but that could all change. The district is following guidance from the Mississippi Department of Health and mandates from the governor.

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