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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Wednesday marked the first day of classes for Lawrence County students.

Cars started lining up to be dropped off before 7 a.m. at Louisa East Elementary School.

“It’s bittersweet, you have such a great time with them over the summer and then you watch them grow,” said Cody Anderson, whose son Colten is entering 5th grade. “It’s just one of those things as a parent, it’s bittersweet.”

Many parents shared the bittersweet sentiment, but for the most part the students were ready to get down to business and catch up with their friends and teachers.

“My teacher said she had a snow cone machine, so I can’t wait to use the snow cone machine,” said 5th grader Jordan Gibbons.

This school year marks the first time since the start of the pandemic that children will start the year without having to wear a mask.

An optional mask policy is still in place.

“As a CE1 student, you are 7, 8 years old. Well, 2.5 years ago they were going to school, they were in a virtual environment, so it was different for them,” said Ed Dixon, the school principal. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to smile, to see facial gestures, it means a lot.”

Dixon says each year they focus on the 3 Rs – being prepared, respectful and responsible.

This year they are adding relationship building among the students themselves, as well as between students and staff.

Other schools in Kentucky were also scheduled to start this week, but many have now pushed back their start dates after historic flooding devastated the area nearly two weeks ago.

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