All Smiles as WCSD Students Return to School

Students board a bus for the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Photo by Brian Hagberg.

It was the first day of school in the Warren County School District, and students and faculty alike were eager and excited to get back.

Gary Weber, WCSD Director of Administrative Support Services, noticed the energy right away this morning.

“I was up at Warren High this morning, and everyone was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,” Weber said. “It’s Week 1, Day 1, everyone is ready to go. Everyone is in good spirit and there was great energy.”

He also said the buildings and grounds across the district are in terrific shape.

“The custodial staff did a fantastic job,” Weber said. “And we had two good days with professional staff on Monday and Tuesday. Overall, off to a really good start.”

And after COVID-19 wreaked havoc the last two years, this day felt much more normal. Weber said that was reflected in the number of students choosing a brick-and-mortar learning environment as well.

“That’s what we’re aiming for, trying to get back to normal,” Weber said. “I think we’re seeing that change reflective in our numbers as well. I think we’re seeing some changes in the number of kids that are doing virtual. We have more kids that are going back to live education and that’s a good thing.”

He noted that there have been a few COVID cases that have popped up, but it is more or less something that is going to happen, and the district is prepared after the past two years.

“I think the biggest thing for me is people need to be responsible about germs in general,” Weber said. “Early last spring I had a cold, not COVID positive, anything like that, but I wore a mask. We should treat the flu-like we treat COVID. It’s about being courteous and regimented in how we interact with one another.”

He also said that while they will remain diligent when it comes to COVID, it is something that, like a majority of Americans, they have learned to live and deal with.

“With the change in variations, I don’t see it going away anytime soon,” Weber said. “At some point, we’ve accepted it’s here, we have to deal with us, and we can’t let it hinder us. “The CDC and health department have changed their guidelines, which has helped tremendously.”

Back to school, and by the sounds of it, back to normal.

“Everything has just been really positive,” Weber said.