For Justin Crawford with the Joplin School District, that can't come soon enough. He's ready.
"Last year everything came so quickly and so fast that we had to roll with the punches and really be flexible. I feel that a lot of folks are looking to anticipation that we do have a better feel for what's going to go on an what we're going to do," states Crawford.
It's a far cry from August 2011 when workers were rushing to 2200 laptops ready for students. This year, they went out a week ahead of time. Last year, the divided high school campus posed serious issues.
"The schedule is difficult for students and staff and then on top of that you've got all the transportation issues," states Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin R-8 Superintendent.
Now, high school schedules have been tweaked and staff has found new, shorter routes for school buses.
"Trying to reduce the length of bus routes for kids, which helps reduce discipline as well. Saves us money in terms of fuel and transportation cost," states Dr. Huff.
Small changes compared to the radical overhaul following the tornado, but added to the year of experience in the temporary facilities, a huge difference.
"I think any teacher would tell you we're ready for the kids to come back," states Crawford.
Of course, these temporary schools are, temporary. $180 million in construction is underway. Huff says it may be the largest public school construction project in the states history.