SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Nearly 40,000 Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools (SCCPSS) students returned to class on Wednesday.
At Islands High School, incoming seniors were warmly welcomed by their families and staff as they entered the school for their final first day.
“It’s pretty weird,” said Delaney Gordon, senior. “I feel like it’s going to pass very quickly but I’m going to cherish every moment of it.”
School district leaders said they were equally ready and excited to welcome students back. This is the first back to school since 2020 where wearing a mask is optional for students and staff.
“We’ve been through a lot over the past two years and they’ve been resilient, they’ve persisted and we’ve had great results,” Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett said. “It’s been difficult, but it’s also very rewarding.”
Although masks are optional, quarantine guidelines are the same as last year, which require students to self-isolate for five days if they test positive for COVID-19. The district will continue to share weekly case reports, as well as provide parents with a flowchart with guidance on how to respond if their child tests positive.
Levett said the past two school years have prepared the district to be ready to change its plans at any time. But for now, staff and students are celebrating the start of a new year together.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Derrick Butler, Principal of Islands High School. “Any time we have the opportunity to welcome our students back to campus, to celebrate our last first day for our seniors, but really for all of our students, it’s a great and exciting start to the school year. .”
The return of students to school also means more cars on the road. The District Campus Police Chief reminds drivers to be patient during pickup and drop off and to remain alert to pedestrians and school zone speed limits.
Beginning Wednesday morning, the Chatham County Police Department reactivated school zone speed cameras.