River Grove, Elmwood Park schools ready to restart

Most students in Elmwood Park and River Grove have only a few days of freedom left as schools in the area are ramping up for the new year.

Most public schools’ first day will be a full one this year, where in the past the first day was often a half day.

At Rhodes School, 8931 W. Fullerton Ave. in River Grove, the first day is Aug. 12. Brian McConnell, the school’s assistant principal, said the first week will be about getting new and returning students accustomed to what is expected of them in terms of interacting with other students and teachers.

“We will be teaching them our behavior expectations,” he said.

Students will get a refresher on how to work with others when it comes to using the water fountain, using the bathroom and playing in the gymnasium. McConnell said they want to make sure that being courteous and polite is important in the learning process.

“We really harp on that for the first couple of weeks and it makes it better for the rest of the year,” he said.

Rhodes School Superintendant Jim Prather said the first day of school will also be a time for students to get to know their teachers. “It’s a full day just like any other traditional day,” he said.

At River Grove School, 2650 Thatcher Ave., the first day of school is Aug. 13, for the morning only, with students returning home after lunch. The next day will be a full day with the school’s before- and after-school tutoring starting that day as well.

Classes in Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401, which encompasses Elmwood Park High School, Elm Middle School, Elmwood Elementary School and John Mills Elementary School, all begin on Aug. 12.

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