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Area schools ready for the first day

Posted Date: 08/23/2021

Area schools ready for the first day

Some local students have already returned to their classrooms for the new school year while others will start back this week.

For students who attend Sikeston R-6 schools, their first day of classes begin on Monday.

Andi Rowe, first grade teacher at Lee Hunter Elementary in Sikeston, said she is excited for the start of the new school year, which will be her 10th year as a teacher.

Andi Rowe, first grade teacher at Lee Hunter Elementary in Sikeston, on Thursday places handouts at her students’ desks.

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Rowe said she was also glad the school’s open house on Thursday was in-person this year instead of virtual like it was last year.

“I’m excited to be back in person and ready for a new year of learning,” Rowe said.

Other local schools also resuming classes on Monday include The Christian Academy in Sikeston, New Madrid County R-1, Portageville, Gideon, Risco, Richland R-1 in Essex, Missouri, and Oran R-3.

Teacher Pam Lowe readies her classroom bulletin board Friday at the Sikeston Kindergarten Center.

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Scott County Central students will have their first day of school on Tuesday.

Students in Mississippi County will start the new school year on Wednesday. A districtwide open house is planned for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the East Prairie R-2 School District. The Charleston R-1 School District will also host open houses on Monday at the following times and locations: 4:30-6 p.m. at Hearnes; 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at middle school; 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at high school. Freshmen orientation will be from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

A free vaccine clinic will be held during Charleston’s open house from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the high school.

Amanda Lively, first grade teacher at Wing Elementary in Sikeston, punches holes Thursday in labels for her classroom.

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The 8th and 12th grade-required vaccinations (Tetanus T-DAP and Meningitis MCV4) will be available for students going into those grades. Other optional vaccinations (HPV, Hepatitis A, and Meningitis MEM-B) will also be available for students going into 6th through 12th grades. The Pfizer COVID vaccine will be available for anyone interested, including students, staff members, or family members ages 12 and up.

Scott County R-4 “Kelly” Schools in rural Benton will start the new school year with students returning to class on Wednesday.

St. Francis Xavier School in Sikeston will resume classes on Thursday. A back-to-school night is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church parish center.