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School gets underway for more than 163,000 students Monday morning

9:45 PM, Aug 19, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For two months there have been no school buses to deal with on the roadways, no children crossing the street in school zones, but that all changes bright and early Monday morning.

More than 163,000 students return to class in Duval, St. Johns, Baker and Bradford counties

Sherry Fields just moved to Jacksonville from Colorado and will take her son Deceon to a new school.

"I am excited, because I am going to meet new people, " said Deceon on the eve of school starting. 

"I've already told him to just do his best in class, and stay focused, and be a leader, not a follower," said Fields.

Fields says she's a little nervous being in a totally new area, but she won't be the only one nervous on opening day.

125-thousand students return to class in Duval County. School Board chairman Betty Burney has a message.

"School starts day one, so it means you need to be in there, be on time, stay focused and make sure you are prepared, get a good night's rest but understand that these next 180 days can be the greatest days of your future," said Burney. "We've been doing some wonderful things in Duval County public schools , and we are looking forward to all children getting that quality education they so richly deserve. Parents get involved, students stay involved."

Hundreds of school buses have have been idle this summer , but be reminded they rev up again Monday morning.

"Please just be cautious, please be watchful for our children," said Burney.

High schools get underway at 7:30 a.m. so there will be students at bus stops prior to daybreak, so no doubt to be careful. 

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