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Chatham County Public Schools return to class

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Thursday is the first day of school for Savannah-Chatham County Public School students.

"I'm really excited that I'm going to be in first grade here," said May Howard Elementary School student Mitchell Krupiczewicz.

And it was excitement all around on the first day of school in Chatham County.

When asked if he was excited, and what he was looking forward to, second grader Riley Dickey said he was excited to learn.

Krupiczewicz has no clue what to expect, but whatever it is, he said it'll be fun.

"I'm going to like the writing and all the stuff," he said. "I don't know yet, I haven't checked in. We looked in and stuff, but we just haven't, you know, looked around and do stuff. That's what we're going to do today."

And some new changes took effect in Chatham County on Thursday, as new bell schedules will have some elementary students going to school earlier and high school students getting to sleep in.

"You know, because young children get up early, my high schoolers, they like to sleep in a little longer, so we're actually looking at that to see if it does make a difference in the achievement of our high school students," said SCCPSS Superintendent Thomas Lockamy, Jr.

So far, parents said it's a good idea, especially for the older kids.

"Actually, we like it because they get to sleep in an hour later, and hopefully he won't be late for school," said Islands High School parent Patti Thompson.

Lockamy was asked if he plans to retire after a decade in his current role.

"Even though I'm eligible to retire in Georgia, I plan to just continue on for the next few years until the school board and the people say ‘Hey, you've kind of reached your peter principal, you know, it's time,'" he said.

With increasing enrollment, new schools opening and so many new programs, he said there's too much to do this school year to slow down now.

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