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Students, parents ready for first day of school in Bulloch Co.

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Somewhere between 10 and 11,000 Bulloch County students returned to school Monday morning. For some students, and parents, it was a mix of emotions.

The first day of school meant different things to different students - the end of summer but the start of a new adventure. Tonya Hickman got that important first-day picture of her 5th grader.

“After this year, my oldest son is leaving elementary school,” said Hickman.

Students filed into Sallie Zetterower Elementary to get started. School leaders say the first day often sets the tone.

“It's not just the first day but the first week. We have to make sure we set the expectations. We have to start building those relationships so we can meet the needs of our kids,” said Principal Julie Mizell.

Across town at Statesboro High, freshmen had just as much apprehension as they adjusted. Their principal says he and teachers will be helpful, just not as long.

“It's different than in elementary school. They might spend a week or two going over that. Here, even the wide-eyed ninth graders quickly learn where they're supposed to be and when they're supposed to be there,” said Principal Dr. Ken LeCain.

Hickman does have one advantage to enjoy her son's experience.

“Is it easier as a mom knowing you're just down the hall in your classroom,” I asked.

“It is…for now. Ask me that next year,” said Hickman.

If your child started school Monday, either in Bulloch County or anywhere else, go through that backpack and look for any papers you need to read or sign. It could help get your child off to a good start.

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