By Ruben Rodriguez
La Feria News
After the long summer months, the 2022-23 school year is back in session. A return to the classroom for some, for others, the beginning of a new chapter. Thousands of students across the Rio Grande Valley are beginning either their first year of school, or their final year of school.
A new year that also returns the normal school operations. In March 2020, the COVID Pandemic brought our day-to-day lives to a halt. Students were now going through a change of scenery. Instead of now being in a classroom, students were now learning from behind a screen.
Now two years and five months later, the start of a new school year brings excitement for students, teachers, and staff alike. Since the Pandemic shut down normal operations, two school years have gone by, 2020-21 and 2021-22. While students returned to class, things did not feel normal. Some schools resorted to alternate days, where half the students were in class one day, while the other went on another day. Hybrid learning went into effect and some students elected to just stay home and do their learning via Zoom meetings.
With Social Distancing mandates lowered and not as strict, full classrooms are on schedule for the 2022-23 school year. From the new students in elementary, to the seasoned students of high school, everybody alike is excited to reunite with classmates and experience the school year. Whether it be the after-school clubs, the team practices, or any other extracurriculars, it’s a sign of relief that everything is back to normal.