BEMIDJI -- On Monday morning young students trickled back in to Horace May Elementary for the first time since March.
Bundled up children wore oversized backpacks and face masks printed with cartoon characters.
Staff members welcomed them back and herded them toward classrooms.
Parents photographed their children by the entrance sign -- some adjusted their student’s mask before saying goodbye, while others stood back and waved as their student disappeared into the school building.
Over the past few weeks, be it virtually or in classrooms, students around the area began the 2020-21 school year. Sept. 14 marked the start of the new year for Bemidji Area Schools students.
Leilani Boyer said her son, Lucas, a new kindergartner, was thrilled to begin the year. “He was the first one in bed last night,” she said.
“The kids are all excited, I was expecting a lot more tears,” Principal Kathleen Van Wert said, laughing. “I think everybody’s ready for this.”