The long-standing tradition of "welcome days" is coming to an end in the schools after the state cited the district for not providing enough class time for all students.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education performed a coordinated program review last year and found that the practice of bringing incoming sixth graders and ninth graders in a day earlier to get acclimated to their new schools meant that the other students were falling short of the required 180 days of learning.
Elected officials, firefighters, police officers, and community members stood in rows outside of each elementary school Wednesday morning with arms stretched out to give each student a high five.
School is back.
The School Committee on Tuesday approved a school calendar for 2018-19 that begins after the Labor Day weekend, with a Sept. 4 start for kindergarten through Grade 8 and Sept. 5 for Grades 9-12. Drury High School graduation is June 6 and the last school day on Friday, June 21.