The new school year begins in the Ocean Springs School District

Today students started their first day of school in the Ocean Springs School District.

Student Lauren Pickard said, “Kind of nerve wracking, I don’t know what to wear. I haven’t been to school in a year, actually a year and a half. I don’t know what to wear.” Those were the thoughts racing through Lauren’s head as she was getting ready for the first day of school.

She was a virtual student last year and is thankful to be back in the classroom ready to have a more normal senior year. “I’m really looking forward to prom and homecoming senior year, roar, stuff like that.”

Her junior year was rather uneventful. “They really cancelled everything so I didn’t get to do any activities.”

An optimistic first day of school despite the mask mandate due to the recent uptick in COVID cases.  For teachers like Jacie Meyers, it’s class as usual with the face mask. “We’re learning in the classroom and teaching in the classroom. We’re not going to let masks stop us from having a normal day and education going on.”

Student Kacie May said, “I have no problem wearing a mask. It would be nice to see things go back to normal, but I’m just happy to be here today.”

Ocean Springs High School Principal Braxton Stowe said, “I think kids are just excited to be back with their peers, with their fellow classmates, and we’re so excited to have them here on campus.”

Principal Stowe isn’t wrong about that. “Just to be with people my own age and not have to stare at a computer screen all day.”

The district will continue to monitor the virus and make changes to their academic plan if necessary.

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