Out of the home, into the homeroom!
School bells chimed on Wednesday for the first time since June, as Kings County kids flocked to classrooms across the borough for the first day of school.
For many kids, it was a chance to reconnect with pals after being separated for three months over the summer break, said one mom.
“He was excited to go back to school and see all his friends,” said Fanette Gillen, who dropped her 8-year-old son Aiden Soto off at Bay Ridge’s Holy Angels Catholic Academy for his first day in third grade. “He has a lot of buddies.”
But for parents, it also offered a much-needed break after many hours spent shopping for school supplies, including the all-important disinfectant spray.
“They had to get a lot of cleaning supplies,” said Vanessa Ramirez, who dropped off pre-kindergartner Ethan and third-grader Jayden at Holy Angels.
It wasn’t all fun and games — 4-year-old Cyan Au shed some tears at the prospect of parting with her parents on her first day in pre-kindergarten at PS 206 in Sheepshead Bay, according to her dad.
But it wasn’t long before the youngster was off having a ball with her new classmates, he said.
“She had fun,” said Vinh Au. “A little tears at first, but she had fun.”
Many schools went easy on the pupils for their first day back — some kids only had to attend a half-day, and were able to enjoy their afternoons once classes were out.
“No homework today,” said Ramirez.