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Back to school

Excitement. Apprehension. New clothes, new faces, new friends. All could be used to describe the first day back at school this week for students, parents, teachers, and administrators all across the area. Cedar Springs Public was one of the districts that returned to school Tuesday, and the new superintendent thought it went great.

Cedar Trails Co-principal Jennifer Harper helps new kindergarteners get where they need to on the first day of school. Photo by J. Reed

Cedar Trails Co-principal Jennifer Harper helps new kindergarteners get where they need to on the first day of school. Photo by J. Reed

“It was fabulous, a great start to the new year,” said Superintendent Ron McDermed. “I thought it was one of the smoothest openings we’ve ever had.”

Principals, teachers, parents and other volunteers were on hand to make sure all the new kindergarteners and other students got where they needed to be. “Everyone pitches in,” he said.

McDermed remarked that there was noticeably less congestion on the campus due to moving the sixth grade from the elementary to the secondary bus run. “There were less buses on the elementary run, and less parents at any location at any given time,” he said.

The high school also implemented a new drop off and pick up point for students that parents need to get used to. Parents must drive by the circle drive entrance, then take a quick right turn along the sidewalk that leads from the parking lot. A row of student parking was eliminated to make room for the new drop off.  The new route was created to allow space for the pickup and dropoff of disabled and special education students in the circular drive.

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