CHESHIRE — In a matter of minutes, teachers and administrators at Highland Elementary School ushered hundreds of children into the building Thursday morning for the first day of school.
“It’s exciting,” said Principal Scott Jeffrey.
Jeffrey said 14 school buses brought students to the school Thursday, in addition to parents that drove their children. Approximately 50 students were attending Highland for the first time.
“We’re always looking forward to the first day of school,” Jeffrey said. “We have the staff getting their rooms ready.
“Within about 10 minutes, we have about 750 kids who have entered the building and are ready to go,” he added.
Danielle Diaz said her children Jaicee, 9, and Sophia, 7, will both begin third-grade at Highland. She said Cheshire Public Schools have been “amazing” for her children, especially for her daughter who is on the autism spectrum.
“Just the continued growth and development for her, and academically she is doing stellar,” Diaz said. “They work really hard with the kids.”
Jeffrey said he hopes students will grow academically, socially, and emotionally. He ultimately wants to provide a safe environment where children feel supported.
“I think staff and students have some of the same jitters on the same day but we’re ready,” Jeffrey said.
Diaz said she received an email from the school assuring her that the school has a functioning air conditioning system. She said it was comforting to know that she can trust the school and that her children are taken care of.
“It’s a big school but it always feels small,” Jeffrey said.