Hawthorne Elementary students get right back into the routine of school while playing basketball on the first day of school.

Mineral County parents breathed a sigh of relief as their children returned to school on Monday, Aug. 19.

This year, the Mineral County School District has implemented new safety protocol at all schools that will be rigidly enforced. Currently, safety fencing surrounds the school. Custom gates for the fences have been ordered and will be installed upon arrival. In an interview last week with the Independent-News, Superintendent Karen Watson explained that the fencing project is just one of many safety programs being looked at for the current school year.

Mineral County School District employee Kara Reuter stated that number for first day enrollment are up – but the following numbers are not the exact count as there are students who are enrolled that may not be returning to the district and will be removed.

The preliminary count is as follows: Hawthorne Elementary School – 289 students; Hawthorne Junior High School – 89 students; Schurz Elementary School – 60 students and Mineral County High School – 142 students. A count of those students going into pre-kindergarten won’t be reported as that class doesn’t begin until Aug. 26.

Drivers are reminded to use caution in school zones and obey speed signs.

If you have questions regarding your child(ren)’s education, feel free to reach out to the school district at 775-945-2403 or visit the school with your concerns.