Thursday was the first day back to school for Harrison County students. 5 News wanted to see how parents and kids felt about heading back to the classroom, so we went out bright and early to catch people on their way to school and again when school let out. The overall attitude was pretty much the same. Kids of all ages, as much as they hate to admit it, were excited to get back to school.
"Kind of excited, kind of sad. Because I really miss sleeping in and I didn't know how second grade was going to be," said Kayleigh Ratliff, Student.
Parents, just like these kids, have some mixed feelings about going back to school.
"I'm a little sad because I know each year means she's growing up a little bit more. But I'm also really excited for her because this is a new adventure for her," said Trish Ratliff, Parent.
Some students were dropped off directly at school, others waited for the boss, but a group of young boys decided to take a different route.
"We're just coming from our houses just walking to Bridgeport Middle School," said Joseph Butcher, Student.
"This is my first year walking," said John Rush, Student.
"It's nice because you don't have to wait on anybody else," said Seth Cangley.
Preparing for the first day back to school is a little bit difficult, so what do you do to get ready for it?
"Well we've basically done our back to school shopping and we've kind of been getting them back into their school routine. We're getting them up a little bit early and having them go to bed a little earlier," said Trish Ratliff.
So how is this school year different?
"First semester will be completed by Christmas break, which allows the kids to get a full semester if we don't have too many snow days. And if we don't have too many snow days in the second semester, they can get out early and enjoy the summer," said James Kirby, Attendance Director of Harrison County Board of Education.
Mr. Kirby explained why they decided to go back a little earlier.
"We have a task that we get these children college ready and job ready. If the schedule in the high schools mimic what's going on in college it makes for an easier transition," said Kirby.
Regardless, some students are just happy to be back.
"It was awesome. I was hoping to be at school longer," said Kayleigh Ratliff.
"They've been excited. I've had a lot of kids walk that I usually didn't see walking. They're all walking with their friends and excited to be back with their friends. Now, I don't know how long that will last. But they're excited today," said Officer Jamie Hamrick, Bridgeport Police Department and Prevention Resource Officer.