Classes start in some schools on Monday 15 August

ST. LOUIS — Hundreds of kids in Metro-East are waking up Monday morning and getting ready for a brand new school year.

East St. Louis Senior High School is part of East St. Louis School District 189, one of the Metro-East districts going back Monday, August 15. Welcome Back balloons were set up at the Wyvetter Younge School of Excellence last Friday. This school is also located in the East St. Louis district and also starts on Monday.

Wyvetter Younge is expanding this year, adding a seventh grade, making it a K-7 campus. class with more than 400 students. A further extension to the eighth grade is planned for next year. Lincoln Middle School’s in-person start in the East St. Louis District has been pushed back to next Monday, and all East St. Louis schools will be releasing an hour earlier each Wednesday this school year.

Other Metro East districts in effect Monday include the Central School District in O’Fallon, the Mascoutah School District and the Freeburg District. Last Friday, administrators welcomed parents and students to the Central District. Lockers were assigned to some students and the administration tried to encourage talks and communication between teachers and families. The same kind of message comes from the headmaster of Wyvetter Younge.

“So we’re encouraging all of our families, not just here but in the district, to come out on the first day,” said Dr. Brittany Green, Principal of the Wyvetter Younge School of Excellence. “Meet your principal, get to know your teachers, learn the path of the building so you know your students are safe — and then just get involved with PTA. We look forward to having our families back in the building in person. We want these volunteers. We want to hear their feedback.”

Several other Metro East schools start Wednesday, while many schools on the Missouri side of the river start a week from Monday. Classes start in some schools on Monday 15 August

Sarah Y. Kim

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