Sixth and ninth graders in the Gulfport School District return to school

Today was the first day of school for sixth and ninth graders in the Gulfport School District.

This year, class is starting earlier than normal for the Gulfport School District because they have adapted a new flex schedule.

Students are still in school for their typical 180 days, but the weeks that are taken away from their summer will be distributed throughout the school year for breaks.

The new schedule gives students shorter breaks so they can retain more information that’s typically lost over the summer vacation.

The breaks will also be used to focus on special groups like the bottom 25% or use the time for ACT practice.

For some students that did virtual learning last year, this morning was their first time on campus in over 500 days.

News 25 chatted with a few of the new high school students asking them if they’re excited to finally be back and on their new campus. Ninth grader Maddie Geiselman said, “Yes and no, I don’t know if I’m ready to be waking up early.”

Ninth grader Lindy Barns said, “It’s just kind of nerve-wracking for the first day. Of course, just happy to get back with friends. Don’t have to wear a mask. Other than that, I’m happy.”

Tomorrow is the first day of school for the rest of the Gulfport students.

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