By Haley Sawyer
On a Monday morning, the Festa family had a dance party. Anna Festa’s kindergartner son sat on the top of the parked family car while a remix of the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” soundtrack blared from the inside.
“(It) was very uplifting and exciting,” Festa said, while standing outside Arroyo Vista Elementary School. “So, yeah, we sang our lungs out and danced.”
It was the first day of in-person school, and it was a cause for celebration. The first day of school is always a big deal, but in 2021 perhaps it is even more so, since the COVID-19 pandemic delayed on-campus instruction. In fact, it hasn’t happened here at all in nearly a year.