EVART — As the bell rang for the first day at Evart Elementary School, Deanna Salisbury’s kindergarten classroom quickly filled with children who raced across the room to find their name tags at their assigned seats.

Families quickly snapped pictures with their kindergartners as the students flipped through books at their desks. Salisbury then taught her new students the classroom breakfast procedure, which included washing hands before grabbing a snack and a milk if they so chose, as parents said their final “goodbye” for the day.

With that, Evart Public Schools’ first day began.

“I think our first day was great,” Superintendent Shirley Howard said. “I think we are off to a great start.”

For elementary and high school students returning to EPS this year, the year started as usual. However, middle school students got to spend their day outdoors instead of in the classroom as their building continues to receive repairs.

A new fire alarm system also is being installed and plumbing updated in the building over the next few days. Howard hopes after the fire marshal’s inspection on Monday, students can return to the middle school. Until then, the students will be bused from the high school to SpringHill Camps for the school day.

“We had work done in all the schools this summer, but at the middle school we are having a whole new heating system installed,” Howard said.

The work on the middle school is funded through the school district’s bond.