Thousands of students are back in the class for the new school year. As St. Johns County parents dropped off their kids, they were met with long lines.
Parents at Fruit Cove Middle School were lined up all the way around the building dropping their students off. Other parents, who live close by, rode their bikes to school.
"We rode our bikes here, we walked into the lunch room, dropped them off. Lots of people, principals here to greet us. Lots of teachers and staff," says parent Emily Doerr.
Duval County schools are also going through some changes. A lot more kids are riding the bus this year. That's because kids who live one mile and a half away from school are able to take a bus instead of the state wide 2 mile mandate.
Also, alarms went off earlier this morning than in years past. That's because school's starting a little bit earlier in Duval.
Regardless, kids are excited to get back to school.
"I'm very very excited, but also ready to learn some more new things," Michaela Walker said.
And it seems some parents are feeling just as excited to get their kids back in school.
"It's a very loving environment, it's very organized in there, there's a few kids crying but not too bad," Caroline Marks said.
Even though the first day of school is for learning -- these juniors feel it's a good day to teach the underclassmen as well.
"Just do what you're supposed to do, just listen to your teachers, this is not middle school, this is high school. You have to be more mature. And just be yourself," says Ladarius McPherson.
"Be yourself and find where you fit in at, don't try to be anyone else," says Walker.
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