The crossing guard’s whistle rang out in front of Burroughs-Molette Elementary early Thursday morning as family after family crossed the street.
The front of the school bustled with activity, and excitement was palpable in the warm August air.
Across the county, similar scenes played out at every school in the district.
Glynn County schools are back in session.
“You can feel the buzz and the excitement around,” said Virgil Cole, school superintendent, who spent the first day of the new year visiting schools.
Cole kicked off the morning at Burroughs-Molette Elementary, where he greeted parents and students as they arrived.
Families were also greeted by a familiar face, their former assistant principal Mavis Jaudon, who returned to the school this year as principal.
Jaudon was stationed in front of the school early Thursday, saying hello and helping students out of cars.
“I’m very excited about the first day of school,” she said. “I’m glad to be back at Burroughs-Molette. I feel like I’m back home.”
The first day of school is a sentimental one for many parents.
For Ikeaka Williams, a Burroughs-Molette parent, it was her first time dropping off her kindergarten student, Ikea.
“For the most part, I think she’s ready,” Williams said. “She’s coming from pre-K to kindergarten — to big girl school.”
Ikea said she was looking forward to the day.
“I’m excited about staying with my sister all day,” she said.
Jaudon said she’s expecting a great year for the school.
“Our motto this year is ‘I believe in BME — roaring to success,’” she said. “So we’re excited about roaring to success, starting the school year off right and getting our students ready and prepared for their future.”
Jim Weidhaas, public relations director for Glynn County Schools, said the first day went smoothly overall, with only a few of the usual mix-ups with buses and routes.
Like every year, a handful of students took the wrong buses or got off at the wrong stops.
This included one sixth grader who got off the bus at Brunswick High, Weidhaas said. The student ate breakfast at the high school, then found his name on a class roster and took a seat, before a teacher realized he needed to be taken to Jane Macon Middle School.
“Until students get in the groove of where they’re supposed to be, we’ll be dealing with that stuff,” Weidhaas said. “It’s letting the kinks work out with the routes, and that takes two to three weeks, a month or so, before it hits its stride.”
And at the end of the day, Cole said it had been a great start to the school year.
“We’ve had a great first day,” he said. “Some of the usual bumps and stuff, but nothing to speak of … It’s been a really good day.”