Classes get underway on first day of school

Classes get underway on first day of school
Posted on 09/08/2020
Classes get underway on first day of school

Students in Nacogdoches ISD returned to school today, beginning a new academic year. Many students connected virtually, while a select number were on campus for instruction as NISD begins a slow and safe phase-in of in-person classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The first day of school is always an exciting time, and today was no different, despite all the hurdles that have been in place because of the coronavirus,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo. “Our teachers have done a wonderful job preparing for the start of a new year, and I’m grateful for their commitment to Nacogdoches ISD.”

Over the next few weeks, NISD will bring more students on campus for in-person learning, Trujillo said.

The district continued Tuesday to work through questions about connecting online for virtual instruction and urged parents to be patient while working through first-day-of-school problems.

“There are any number of things that are brand new as we begin classes,” Trujillo said. “As we move forward, we know full well these will be resolved.”

Teachers and staff welcomed the students who did make it to campus on Tuesday. At Emeline Carpenter Elementary, students arrived on what is likely the final “first day of school” at the building located on Leroy Street. Next year, NISD expects to be moved into the new Emeline Carpenter campus currently under construction along SE Stallings Drive across from McMichael Middle School.

On Tuesday, buses ran routes as normal in the district. When picking up students, drivers first checked the temperatures of everyone coming onto the bus. Students arriving at campus accompanied by a parent also had their temperature checked.

“There are a lot of new things we’re all having to get used to,” said Trujillo. “I have no doubt we will work through this together and move on into another successful school year.”

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