Students excited about returning to school
August 19, 2021 | View PDF
There was excitement in the air on Monday,
August 2, when students returned to
school for regular classroom instruction after
a year and half of isolation and working
on classwork from home.
The Wasco Union Elementary School
District (WUESD) opened its doors to students
for the first time since March 2020,
except for special education students and
at-risk students, who were able to attend
classes at certain times during the pandemic.
Every student had the required mask on
and offices were crowded with enrolling
students and parents.
Thomas Jefferson and Palm Avenue
have set up their main office so students
from outside walk through the office and
leave through a door onto the campus. This
was designed for student safety.
Due to the hot weather, most students
were casually dressed and ready to begin
this new journey.
The first day of school is always difficult
to maneuver around as teachers are rounding
up their students, staff is completing
last-minute tasks and principals finish up
There were also unregistered students and their parent(s) waiting in the school
lobby at Thomas Jefferson and Palm
Avenue to complete the registration
packet. The school offices were crowded
with staff members, registered students,
parents and unregistered potential
Guadalupe and Maria Carpio
walked the younger brother for his first
day of middle school. “He was really
excited about starting school,” Maria
All staff members wore masks
as did every student. Students must
wear masks inside the classrooms,
but outside they don’t need to keep
Numbers for the first day were not
readily available as new students continued to fill the office.