Back to school: Everything running smoothly in Escambia County

First day of school!

School is back in session.

Thousands of students, teachers and faculty across northwest Florida returned to class today, many of whom will be greeted by a special guest.

Escambia County Superintendent, Malcolm Thomas makes it his mission every year to personally visit schools.

"Our goal is to try to make it to every school and every classroom within the first 10 to 12 days of school," said Thomas. "That means getting up and moving to five or six schools a day."

Thomas plans to visit five schools today, and from what he has witnessed so far, things are running smoothly.

"We're off to a great start today, we've had a great day so far," said Thomas. "All the kindergarteners are settling in, they're learning the procedures, middle schoolers for the first time are trying to find their way and their schedule!

We're having a great day!"

Last year, school grades across Escambia County rose, Thomas says this year, he hopes to continue the trend.

"We're really proud that over 14 schools increased their school grade," said Thomas. "We're starting to understand the standards and that new level of expectations. Remember though, it's going to take a partnership with our parents and with our students to make that a reality."

The implementation of a district mobile application will also bridge the gap between teachers, students and parents. According to Thomas, the app will launch Friday.

"It's an app available for both apple and android," said Thomas. "Parents if you download, you'll be able to keep up with attendance and grades."

Aside from grades, Thomas is also focusing on the future.

"We're going to try to meet the needs of all of our students and prepare them for the rest of their lives," said Thomas.

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