BACK TO SCHOOL: Area students return to schools for the first time since March

  • Bowman Middle School Counselor Crystal Robinson takes a student's temperature with a non-contact infrared thermometer as students arrive at school on Monday, Aug. 17. Students went back into schools for the first time since March and had two temperature checks before entering the buildings. (MNJ Photo/Juliana Walker)
  • Gouge Elementary School Principal Colby Calhoun uses an infrared thermometer to take the temperature of third grader Holland Atkins on the first day of school Monday, Aug.17. Temperature checks are required and masks were provided for all. (Photo by Stephanie Chang Pitman)
  • Students at Mayland Early College High stand outside of their school socially distanced and masked before the start of the first days of instruction this past week. (Photo courtesy of MECHS)
The first day of the 2020-21 academic year in Mitchell County felt and looked decidedly different.  As they normally do for the first day of school, local students got off busses with fresh…

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