Leon Schools Students Attend First Day of Classes

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It's back to school for many students in the Big Bend.

From kindergartners to high school students, all 33,000 students of Leon Schools were back in the classroom today.

GiGi Hawthorne was at Cobb Middle School and Kate Sullivan Elementary dropping off her 4th and 7th grade boys.

"It's very nerve wracking because you want their day to be good. You want them to have a good experience," she said.

As a working mom GiGi says she's even more careful making sure she sends her boys off ready for the day.

"I work in a different county so it's even more difficult to say, 'OK I hope they have everything and all of that,'" she said.

From active GPS bus monitors located at bus compounds, to email alerts sent to parents, Leon Schools is making sure students are out of harms way this school year.

"What we have to do as a school district is to rely on the entire community to be aware and help us to keep our children safe," Leon Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons, said.

Crossing guards on Miccosukee Rd. and Mitchel Ave. say they help cross more than 250 people a day.

A reminder for drivers, school zone speed limits are now in effect when school is in session. Fines are doubled in school zones.


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