JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Jefferson City School District welcomed back staff Friday before classes start next week.
The back-to-school event, "Open Session," took place at 9 a.m. at Capital City High School and went on for about an hour. Superintendent Bryan McGraw and others spoke to over 1,500 staff and others about the upcoming school year.
JC Schools students are set to head back to class Monday. Families can find start and end times for their students in the graphic listed below.
McGraw told ABC 17 News that JC Schools has made upgrades to school security and student mental health resources.
"We've actually upgraded this school year. We've partnered with a new organization that will provide additional mental health services, particularly in our middle schools," McGraw said. "We're seeing more of a need over the last couple of years."
District officials said they want their employees to walk away from the event Friday knowing they are appreciated for what they do.
"Every job is important in this district," McGraw said. "And people may think they play a small role, but they play a major role in a child's life. When they smile at a child and they give them love that makes a difference when that kid goes home."
McGraw said he wants to keep the newly added teachers long-term and he can't wait to introduce them to the JC Schools culture.