More than 90,000 students are expected to show up for classes this morning as the Hernando and Pasco county school systems begin the 2017-18 academic year.
The openings follow the start of school last week in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, where an estimated 300,000 students are enrolled.
Pasco county families who have questions about bus service are urged to contact the district's transportation call center, which is open this week from 6:30-10 a.m. and 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center's phone numbers are (813) 794-2500, (727) 774-2500 and (352) 524-2500. For information on registration, immunizations, school lunches and other back-to-school topics, visit pasco.k12.fl.us/back_to_school.
District officials are urging parents, teachers and students to share their first-day-of-school experiences on Twitter at #Pasco1stDay.
In Hernando, school officials are emphasizing their new slogan, "Game On — Lead. Innovate. Transform." Superintendent Lori Romano says the theme represents the district's "bold spirit of embracing the future with a renewed sense of confidence in our ability to make great things happen for our students."
Also in Hernando, parents can download the school system's HCSD Mobile app to get updates on bus routes, add money to students' lunch accounts, find information about events and keep up with notifications from the district.
For questions about bus service, Hernando families can contact the district's call center at (352) 797-7003, starting at 6 a.m.