From Fort Hancock to the New Mexico border, hundreds of thousands of El Paso-area children head back to class today, kicking off the 2015-16 school year.
For educators and staff, the classrooms have been prepped and ready for the rush this morning, as most have been on campus since last week. Thousands of other students have been in school for a few days, if not weeks.
Students in the Gadsden ISD started back on August 3rd, while Las Cruces students started a week later, joined by El Paso students attending the various Catholic Schools around the area.
Students in Socorro ISD have everyone beat, having started school back on July 28th. The second-largest district in our area also just celebrated a milestone, enrolling their 45,000th student.
According to a recent news release by the El Paso Independent School District, their student population should be just over 60,000 once the tardy bell rings this morning. Staff and educators there are still celebrating the passage of the “Penny Swap” vote on Saturday, allowing for raises and equipment upgrades among other things.
Across town, in the Canutillo district, students and parents have a very special first day of school as the new Reyes Elementary school gets set to host classes for the first time. Reyes Elementary is the district’s 6th elementary school, and was the talk of the town earlier this year when an American Flag mural was not allowed to be painted on the main wall of the campus. The mural has since been added to the building.
As always, law enforcement officials remind drivers to obey all school zone signs and speed limits within those school zones, and to keep an eye out for students boarding school buses.