Subdued scene downtown as school starts

Julie Reichle

The Exedra was decorated with lots of purple on the first day of school for photos

If it wasn’t for the gaily decorated Exedra plaza yesterday, you might never have known that Monday marked the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. With K-12 students all working from home due to the COVID-19 health crisis, there was a strange silence around town on what would normally have been a bustling, busy day.

The Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) draped the walls of the plaza with purple streamers and balloons, encouraging families to drop in after school for a first day photo.

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