Despite foggy conditions and some typical first-day glitches, thousands of students this morning made their way back to schools in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York and Clover.
York County commuters might have noticed more cars on the road and the return of those big yellow school buses, but police did not report any major traffic problems.
At Rock Hill’s India Hook Elementary School, they came by bus, by car and by foot. Parents were allowed to walk their kids to their classrooms if they wanted, although some left Mom and Dad at the door.
“She didn’t even hug me,” said Michael Mathes of his daughter, who started kindergarten today. “She ditched me.”
New second grader Armoni Lloyd, 7, said she had a hard time falling asleep Tuesday night.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I stayed up late.”
At Sullivan Middle School, parents were allowed to stay for a day of orientation-like activities, including following their children to classes. More than 100 parents registered, Principal Michael Waiksnis said, and many who had not registered stayed anyway.
The sixth-grade students, new to the middle school, were led to their homeroom classes, where they learned the basics of the building and tried to master the art of the combination lock.
“I’m a little nervous,” said Dalton White, 11, of his first day of middle school.
Across town at Rock Hill High School, despite some glitches, assistant principal Beau Modla said the first day was going well. By this point in their lives, he said, most of the students know the drill.
“The older kids are fine,” Modla said. “The ninth graders are the ones you’ve got to watch.”
Rock Hill High’s enrollment is more than 2,000 students, much larger than the middle schools that students attend before moving up to high school.
Austin Orr, 14, just moved to the Rock Hill school district and started his freshman year today at Rock Hill High. When asked what he was looking forward to in high school, he said, “graduating.”
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072
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