August 31 is a school day for a lot of kids in the Drumheller area, including more than 100 of them at Morrin School north of town.
"Our numbers are going to be pretty similar to last year," reported Don Yavis, the Principal of Morrin School. "We know we've got a few families that have moved out of the jurisdiction, but we've also got some new kids coming in."
Any new students will need orientation, but Yavis says they have a unique way of looking after that.
"We have our Grade 12's go down to the ECS (kindergarten) Class and they get to know the new ECS students and they go out for recess with them," he explained. "Then when we do our assembly, we introduce the Graduating Class of 2018 and then each of them will introduce their new little buddy that's starting in kindergarten."
At first blush, going back just before a long weekend would seem counter-productive, but Yavis says it's actually the opposite.
"The first day you're getting textbooks and putting supplies away in the elementary and the high school gets at it pretty quick, but after the long weekend the rubber hits the road and away we go."