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UPDATE | All quiet on Poland's return to school; superintendent calls day 'fantastic'

Despite threats of an anti-mask protest, the first day back at school at McKinley Elementary School started off smoothly.
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Poland students arrive for their first day of school at McKinley Elementary School. (Jess Hardin/Mahoning Matters)

POLAND — Three days after a raucous school board meeting featuring heckling anti-mask parents, Poland parents sent their kids back to school with little to no signs of protest. 

On Monday night, Poland parents protested the district's mask rule — which only applies to students in kindergarten through sixth grade — threatening to defy it on Thursday morning. 

Mahoning Matters also received tips that parents planned to picket this morning.

At 7:45 a.m. at McKinley Elementary School, sleepy kids wore their masks on the school bus and parents walked kids to school while toting cups of coffee. 

“Today has been absolutely fantastic,” new district superintendent Craig Hockenberry told Mahoning Matters at about 11 a.m. “The parents that were upset, at the end of the day, the kids still showed up with their masks on. The kids were less concerned about it than the adults were.”

Jess Hardin

About the Author: Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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