Exactly one week from today, October 16th, empty chairs will finally be filled with students in Port Aransas Independent School District.
"I got a chance to meet with my staff, it was awesome, it was great to get to see their faces," said James Garrett, middle school principal. "They are excited to work and we are excited to have them here, for sure."
Pre-K teacher, Kelly Willoughby had to combine two classrooms into a portable. She said the work load is large but well worth the effort.
"I have about 16 students and I'm hoping all of them come back," Willoughby said. "We're very excited to have all of our Marlins back."
The staff is calling its delayed start, their 'new normal' and promised to do their best to get each student where they need to be.
"We need to assess right off the bat first, and find out where every kid is at," Garrett said. "The great thing about being in Port Aransas, is that we are such a small school that we can individualize. If a kid needs a bit more to get caught back up then we'll take care of that."
Teachers are a critical part of any education, but now more than ever, the educators realize how much they rely on the students.
"We've just kind of been at a standstill," added Willoughby.
"Community wise, we are ready to have your kids, we are ready to see their smiling faces, we know they are ready to see their smiling faces," Garrett said. "We know they are ready to come back, we are ready to get this new normal, back up and going here in Port Aransas."
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