SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - In the weeks before school starts, the halls may be void of students, but they are already buzzing with activity. Many teachers cut their summer break short to get their classrooms back in order.
"You've got to clean. You've got to dust everything. I dusted before school got out, but over the summer, it just gets so dusty, so you've got to come in and re-wipe everything down and move things and figure out how you want everything rearranged," said Brittany Poulos, a kindergarten teacher at River Oaks Elementary in Gulfport.
Poulos puts a lot of elbow grease into making her room education ready.
"It takes a lot of work to make it a fun place for the kids to want to be here so we get the most out of them while they're here," said Poulos.
She also takes a few minutes out of her day to help others, like first year teacher Kathryn Abell.
"I'm excited. I'm ready for the kids to be here," said Abell.
Abell has been counting down the months, weeks, and days to the start of school. She knew she would be coming in to a blank slate for a classroom, so decorating was one of the first things on her to-do list.
"Over the summer, I've done a lot of Pinterest, but also it's helped having other teachers give me advice on how to do lesson plans and try to get that ready and set up," Abell said.
It's not just teachers getting ready for the new school year. Parents are getting registration out of the way. Tiffany Keyes is sending her son, Braylen, off to kindergarten this year. She knows it's going to be tough for now.
"I think it's harder when they go to kindergarten, because you're used to having them home. High school and middle school, I'll just push them out the door, but he might have to pry away from me this time," said Keyes.
With how much preparation is underway, it looks like the students might be in good hands.