Students at Perry Meridian Schools return to class

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Perry Township returns to school
Preparations for Perry's first day of school

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — July 24 is back to school day for some students in central Indiana. Yes — you read that right!

More than 16,000 students return to Perry Township Schools Wednesday, ending summer break.

"We run a balanced calendar, and when you do that you have two weeks off in the fall two weeks off for the winter and two weeks off in spring. We try to be done before Memorial (Day) weekend, so we kind of backed that up and it makes our summers a lot shorter," said Superintendent Patrick Mapes. "But it also cuts down the loss of learning that happened over this original long summer."

"We've started some sensory classrooms. As we start focusing on social and emotional learning this summer and last spring that we have train our bus drivers and custodians and classroom teachers cafeteria workers and instructional assistance to start recognizing some of those emotional things and behaviors that students so we can address those certain that they are academic opportunities and are clear and away from those emotional things back in your fear," Mapes told Eyewitness News Reporter Matt McCutcheon.

With two high, two middle, 11 elementary schools and other academies, crews have been busy getting everything ready.

That includes construction crews who have added 39 new classrooms to accommodate the growing district.

Administrators have also been busy making changes for the 2019-2020 school year.

For high schoolers, school starts at 7:10 a.m., middle school students start at 8:10 a.m., and elementary students get a 9:10 a.m. start.