First day of school for NCFL public school students

ALACHUA CO., Fla., (WCJB) ---
For Alachua County public school students, today might have started with an annoying alarm clock and ended with the sound of a bell for dismissal.

But hey, you did it! The first day is down and there's many more to come.

"We're headed into this year knowing that we're an "A" rated school system, we got that news a few weeks ago from the state of Florida so that's something we're very excited about and we are very determined to build on," said Jackie Johnson, spokesperson for Alachua County Public Schools.

Johnson says while there's a lot to look forward to in the new school year there is a challenge the district is faced with early on just like many others in the US.

"One of the biggest issues that we always deal with at the beginning of the school year is where are the students coming from and where are they going. We have a lot of parents who wait until the first day of school and some who even wait until after school is started to register their kids or bring their kids or both," said Johnson.

And while the wheels on the bus go round and round, with thousands of students returning to school Johnson says to expect delays on the roads.

"During the first week of school we know that there are a lot of parents who will drop off and pick up their kids themselves and then let them take the bus during the second or third week of school," said Johnson.

About 26,000 students checked into a classroom today. However, Johnson says she's expecting the final total of students to be enrolled in the district to be about 28,000 to 29,000 after the upcoming Labor Day holiday.