That's a wrap: First day of school comes to an end

That's a wrap: First day of school comes to an end

The first day of school is over.

Parents, teachers, students, and drivers all getting reacquainted with classes, schedules and traffic delays.

Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas visited five different schools across the county and said so far, things are running smoothly.

"It was a good day," said Thomas. "Day one down, 179 more to go, but who is counting, right?"

With school back in session, traffic delays are inevitable, but Thomas said the transportation system is efficient. Bus drivers and school officials just need some time to get the kinks worked out.

"We try to do a great job, but on the first day of school, it's going to be very difficult for us to keep to the schedule that we printed," said Thomas. "There will be delays, 10-15 minute delays as we try to make our way around the route and handle kids who weren't expected this morning. Be patient with us, give us time and if you're out as a motorist, if you'll be driving this afternoon, watch out for the yellow school buses, please don't run into the back of them."

Last year, 14 Escambia County schools increased in grade level. This year, Thomas hopes to continue the trend.

"We want to have a productive year, we want our students to be successful," said Thomas. "We don't want any student to get into trouble, no suspensions, nobody getting expelled, everybody doing their lessons and getting straight A's."

Thomas is also excited about the district's newest addition: a mobile application.

"I think it's a new way, a better way to communicate with our parents and our community," said Thomas. "We'll unveil it on Friday; it's going to be available for both Apple and Android. For parents, you can access grades and for the community, you'll have all of our live news feeds."

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