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Johnson County Schools held their first day back at school on Monday, Aug. 24. School looks a little different this year with new guidelines and restrictions to prevent a spread of COVID-19. Meadowlark Elementary was buzzing with kids running on the playground and lining up to begin their first day. Each the schools had masks available to give to students who didn’t have one or who forgot to bring their own.

Carol Ruby’s first grade class lines up before going inside

Carol Ruby’s first grade class lines up before going inside for the start of the day on Monday. Ruby had her students line up one full arm’s length apart so as to keep some distance before moving inside to their classroom.

Rowan, 6, and Donnie Terzich, 7, pose for a first day of school photo

From left, Rowan, 6, and Donnie Terzich, 7, pose for a first day of school photo for their mom on Monday. The welcome back lawn display as well as the Meadowlark Elementary sign were popular with parents for first day photos while the kids waited for the day to start.

Band teacher Jason Bennett checks his temperature using the machine

Band teacher Jason Bennett checks his temperature using the machine in the front lobby on Monday before school started. Bennett said all teachers had to check their temperatures in the morning.

Students and staff gather together to catch up in the front lobby

Students and staff gather together to catch up in the front lobby of Buffalo High School on the first day of school. The district is looking to cut 10% from its budget, and one of the options that has been mentioned is to eliminate low-enrollment courses. 

Senior Aaron Dyess sits next to the buffalo statue outside the high school

Senior Aaron Dyess sits next to the buffalo statue outside the high school before going inside on Monday. Dyess went to a different school during his junior year but returned to BHS for his last year of high school.

Zach Byram hugs his daughter Shaye as he drops her off

Zach Byram hugs his daughter Shaye as he drops her off for her first day of second grade on Monday. Kids were not required to wear their masks outside on the playground before school, but most put them on as soon as they finished taking photos and saying goodbye to their parents.

Jessica Zimmerschied sits with her son Bridger Silvan, 6, as they wait in his class line

Jessica Zimmerschied sits with her son Bridger Silvan, 6, as they wait in his class line on Monday. Bridger was feeling shy on his first day of kindergarten but his mom said he enjoyed Kindercamp last week. Zimmerschied said she is also shy and told her son that there are lots of shy people and it would get easier.

The first day of school for Johnson County School District was held

The first day of school for Johnson County School District was held on Monday. Kids at Meadowlark Elementary could catch up with friends and teachers, hang out with their parents or play on the playground before they eventually lined up with their classes to go inside.

A box of extra masks sits in the office of Clear Creek Middle School

A box of extra masks sits in the office of Clear Creek Middle School on Monday. Each of the schools had masks available to give away to students if they didn’t have one or forgot theirs at home.

Signs reminding students and staff of the mask requirement

Signs reminding students and staff of the mask requirement decorate the front doors of the high school on Monday. All students and staff are required to wear masks and students were provided with a mask if they didn’t have one on the first day.

High School teacher Karen Blaney took her first class outside

High School teacher Karen Blaney took her first class outside on Monday. She spread students out to be socially distanced in a big circle and did a clapping and timing exercise standing and facing out before having everyone sit down for the second part of class.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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