It's time for Michigan kids to start preparing to return to school

Aug 19, 2014

Michigan school districts are gearing up for the beginning of the school year.

A big crowd turned out today for Grand Rapids Public Schools Back to School kickoff event
A big crowd turned out today for Grand Rapids Public Schools Back to School kickoff event
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Many school districts are holding kickoff events, including Grand Rapids Public Schools which drew hundreds of grade-school students and parents today.

Teresa Weatherall-Neal is Grand Rapids' school superintendent. She says it’s important for parents and children to realize summer is almost over.

"We need people to now switch gears. Summer is over. We need you to start thinking about school,” says Weatherall-Neal. “It’s time to come back.”

If the beginning of a new school year wasn’t enough for most kids, in Grand Rapids many public school students will have to think twice about what they will wear to school.

The district’s school uniform policy is expanding to eighth-graders this fall.