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Chadds Ford Elementary School Principal Danielle Clark greets students as they arrive for the first day of the new school year.

School bells are ringing again, and the kids are back in class. Chadds Ford Elementary School Principal Danielle Clark is looking forward to the 2021-2022 academic year.

“It’s fantastic to start a more normal school year,” she said while greeting early drop-offs at the school and waiting for the buses to arrive. The student body at the school is expected to be 357 students.

To say that Clark had an odd start to her term as CFES principal would be an understatement. She was hired in December of 2019 to replace Shawn Dutkiewicz. But in less than three months, in-classroom schooling stopped because of the COVID pandemic.

“I haven’t experienced a May Fair yet,” Clark said in anticipation of an upbeat and engaging year.

“We’re looking forward to making connections and building relationships. We want the kids to flourish socially and emotionally, as well as academically,” she said.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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