BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thousands of kids, parents and teachers head back to school in Maryland.

Gigi Barnett takes a look at the last-minute preparations educators made.

Summer is over, and it’s back to school on Monday for thousands of students.

“The summer flew by. We looked up, it was July. We looked up again and it was August. And now we’re at less than 24 hours before the start of school,” said Baltimore School Support Officer Jonathan Brice.

On Sunday, Baltimore City teachers were busy making final preparations.

“It’s like Christmas Day because you’re going to see all these new faces. They’re the same children, but they’re coming back with new energy,” said Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Middle Principal Angela Henry.

Henry had a team of volunteers helping out.

“Throughout the summer we had AmeriCorps volunteers, painted the entire middle school. The elementary school was repainted. We’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of loving hands,” Henry said.

Seventh-grader Daniel Bunn spent the summer going to a basketball camp and winning a citywide robotics competition. He’s got big plans for the new school year.

“They have a new club coming to the school–robotics. And I’m real excited about going to that. And I really want to go back to chess club and win my first tournament,” he said.

The first day of school can be somewhat scary, especially if you’re new or a younger student. So last week, Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Middle opened its doors to help kids get rid of their first day jitters.

“It’s a sneak peak. We’ve done it for two years. And so our first day is a full academic day. When they walk into school, it’s a full academic day,” said Henry.

So students and staff are ready to let the learning begin.

The city has nearly 200 schools. About three or four of them need last-minute minor repairs.


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