Hillsborough County's 200,000 public school students will be back in class Tuesday, a day after their peers in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties returned for the 2013–14 academic year.
School begins at 7:33 a.m. at most high schools and runs as late as 5 p.m. at three EdVenture elementary schools that offer afternoon enrichment programs.
New this year is an International Baccalaureate program at Riverhills Elementary and college dual-enrollment programs at Lennard, Armwood and Leto high schools.
Breakfast is free for all students.
Hillsborough has 266 schools, including 43 charters, and employs a workforce of 25,776. It is the eighth-largest school district in the nation with a budget of $2.8 billion.
Important dates to keep in mind: College information nights are planned for Sept. 23 through 26 at Sickles, Plant, Chamberlain and Brandon high schools.
The first grading period ends Oct. 18, and the students' first report cards will be released Nov. 1 for elementary school and Nov. 12 for middle and high school.
The Great American Teach-In is Nov. 21, and the school year ends June 6.