Students return to DMS for first day of school

Dylan Harty and Damon Dillon

Eighth-grade students gather in the gym before the first class period. (Damon Dillon)

It’s been since March since Duncan Middle School students walked the hallways and learned in the classrooms.

Today was the first day of school. Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students met their teachers and started the learning process, which went to distance learning for the last few weeks of the 2019-20 school year.

Jacob Reed shows off his mask on the first day of school. (Damon Dillon)

Still, the school year is unusual.

“It’s different because we have to wear masks,” seventh-grader Robert Banuelos said.

This week, students will not be assigned lockers to help with social distancing. Kai Bishop, sixth-grade student, said he was disappointed.

“It is weird,” Bishop said. “I was hoping to get lockers.”

Jacob Reed, another sixth-grader, said Duncan Middle School is a new experience. He said the mask have made things a bit unusual. Reed said he hopes students won’t have to wear masks the entire year.

The Duncan Board of Education approved a mask mandate for all Duncan schools earlier this month to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.