It was a smooth transition, said Superintendent Steve Razidlo, as students in the Brainerd School District made their way back to class.
The only mishap as of the final school bell Tuesday afternoon was a bus that was 20 minutes late that morning. But that’s not too bad with a fleet of 80 vehicles driving new routes, Razidlo said.
Estimated enrollment numbers were not available Tuesday.
Razidlo visited most of the schools in the district on the first day, and said he saw a lot of the same looks on faces of kids and adults during each visit — the look of joy in being back.
“Teachers and staff were very busy making kids feel comfortable and helped ease the way back into the routine,” he said.
A greater number of upperclassmen at the high school were on hand for the younger grades coming in to answer questions on navigation or to give a few tips on how to open lockers.
School board members also visited elementary schools to welcome families at the start of the day.
Each year is more smooth than the last at Forestview Middle School, which opened its doors a decade ago, Razidlo said.
Stepping foot back in the doors of school is bittersweet for students and staff.
They are sad summer is over, but excited for what the year has to bring.
“My sense is that by and large, everyone is excited to be back into the routine of learning and growing,” Razidlo said.
He continued, “I just look at the great promise in our kids — the great promise and potential, and I wonder how we can best help uncover that ... I believe our routines and care and concern from staff will help get them to where they are going.”
Razidlo offered some advice for students: “You will get out of this thing what you put into it. There is an expectation that you come with open mind and willingness to learn and some willingness to work.”
Take advantage of what the school has to offer, he advised students. Engage, and you can succeed.