EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – With school starting back up again in just a week, students aren’t the only ones getting ready. All 14-hundred staff members for the Eau Claire area school district, including 200 new members, gathered at memorial high school for a back-to-school kickoff.

Led by Superintendent Mike Johnson, the gathering had games and events for staff to bond over. It was the first time in nearly five years all school district staff members were able to gather as a large group. 

“I think people appreciated being outside and being able to get together with others that they haven’t seen in quite some time over the summer. And, to be able to take a walk to play club, to play volleyball, to focus on their physical and mental wellness in order to have a great school year.”

School officially begins for the Eau Claire Area School District next Thursday, September 1st.