Back to school grief and relief

September is the season of change, and there is no greater adjustment for families than the first days and weeks of back to school.

September is the season of change, and there is no greater adjustment for families than the first days and weeks of back to school.

For some, that may mean the heartache of watching their children leave the nest for college or university — hoping they’ve done enough to prepare them for the world on their own while praying that they’ll still come back to visit.

For others, back to school spells relief for those fed up with wide-open summer days and who are ready for daily routines and a return to a sense of normalcy.

This week also marks the start of full-time kindergarten for many, an exciting but also worrisome time for parents when their four- and five-year-old “babies” are taking their first steps away from home.

For teachers and administrative staff, this year back to school presents the extra challenge of working through major changes for teachers employed in our district due to the school board’s decision in January to close and consolidate schools.

Though there are sure to be growing pains in the weeks and months to come (we have already heard of bussing issues), district staff, principals and teachers should be commended for their hard work and dedication to making the transition as seamless as possible for students.

Whatever change you are in, we wish everyone the best in the first days of back to school madness.

– Williams Lake Tribune