A fresh start for thousands of students across the state as they head back to school on Monday morning.
New Britain is just one of several districts where students will be taking their seats, but not without a very warm welcome first.
"We've been sprinting towards the start line and [Monday's] the start line," said Nancy Sarra, New Britain's superintendent. "We're really excited and we're ready to have the kids back."
One of the things Sarra said the district has been working on is a problem with chronic absenteeism.
"We're really proud of all of our staff," she said. "We have an amazing that really partners with the families and brings the students to school every day. We will continue that work this year."
Sarra said Monday marked not only the start of a new year but a chance for students to start fresh.
"Make sure you get up, you're here on time," she said. "We have great things planned for students and their families as well."
Greeters will meet with students as they hit the books.
Last year, people greeted students at two schools. It was so well-received that this year the district wanted to do it at every school.
Several community groups will be taking part and offering words of encouragement as students make their way in.
Greeters will be at New Britain High School from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. They will welcome students at middle schools from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Then, they will greet elementary schools from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
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