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First the hugs, then the books

Payton Burnes, 7, gets a hug from first-grade teacher Debi Mixon at DeSoto Elementary during a meet-the-teacher event Monday. Payton’s sister Kylah, 3, is standing at right.

KATHLEEN FLYNN l Times

Payton Burnes, 7, gets a hug from first-grade teacher Debi Mixon at DeSoto Elementary during a meet-the-teacher event Monday. Payton’s sister Kylah, 3, is standing at right.

School starts today in Hillsborough County, so drivers need to be extra careful around crosswalks, buses and school zones.

Fast facts

Students: About 190,000

Transported by bus: 91,000

Employees: More than 25,000, including 15,000 teachers

Schools: More than 250

Key dates: School starts today. Closed all Thanksgiving week, Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and March 11-15. Last day is June 7.

Early release: One hour early every Monday

Superintendent: MaryEllen Elia

Source: Hillsborough County School District

First the hugs, then the books 08/20/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 1:10am]

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