The first day of school is Thursday for some students and Friday for others.

It’s the first of 176 days in the school year for students.

Teachers start today, and are scheduled to be on the job for 183 days.

The start of a new year is a landmark on the calendar. It signifies an opportunity to start over or fresh with a clean slate.

By the time Thursday comes, the new school clothes and supplies will be purchased. Plans will be in place for rising earlier to get to school. Schedules will be adjusted to accommodate not only classes but after-school activities and child care.

New students might be hesitant to start classes until they meet their teachers and make friends. Elementary students moving into the middle school might do so with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. High school will be the start of young minds beginning to form ideas of what they might do with their lives — in between, of course, the academic and athletic practices and competitions.

Teachers and staff also adjust and prepare, experience a range of feelings with a new year, make and renew workplace friendships and get in the grove for the 2021-22 year.

This is a beginning for teachers and students. We welcome the new ones to the community, and wish both them and their peers and colleagues the best with a fresh start.