(Waynesville)–This is the first day of the new academic year for students in Pulaski County and the surrounding area. It is also the first day back in the classroom for many students since March. However, Waynesville High School and Waynesville Career Center students will have to wait one more week before returning back to the classroom because a couple of students recently tested positive for Covid-19. WHS and WCC students will begin virtual classes tomorrow and report to the classroom next Monday. School-issued laptops can be picked up by these students today. The district is also asking parents to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms at home before boarding buses. Students who have symptoms should be kept home and parents should contact their school. Parents have the right to decide whether to send their students back into the classroom or to stay at home and learn virtually this school year.
Members of the public are asked to be alert and drive carefully when school buses and students are present. Remember, state law requires drivers to stop and not to pass a school bus when it is picking up or unloading students. Be prepared for increased traffic volumes now that schools are back in session.