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Tampa Bay goes back to school: Photos from the week’s first day of school around the region

Russell Stanley Jr, 10, is the first student who arrived in Emili Colon 's fourth grade classroom on the first day of school at Sheehy Elementary School in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Aug. 16
Resource management associate Ellen Jones, left, helps Mariah Feagley, 6, to her first-grade classroom on Monday, August 12, 2019, during Pasco County's first day of school at Hudson Elementary School in Hudson. The school is under the gun to improve student performance or could face a state imposed restructuring. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
From left: Ricardo Garcia, Leigha Richards, Jordan Murphy and Dylon Herman organize school supplies on Monday, August 12, 2019, while attending Hernando County's first day of school in Jennifer Doban's fourth-grade class at Suncoast Elementary School in Spring Hill. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Pinellas schools are disciplining far fewer students. Is that a good thing?

Band director Kevin Ford shares strategies for success with his students on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Tarpon Springs High School during the first day of classes for Pinellas County Schools. The students will spend the year progressing through a series of 12 major scales tests and evaluations as part of their musical studies with the school's Leadership Conservatory of the Arts program. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Students with Percussion Ensemble director Todd Leighton's music theory class peruse the class syllabus on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Tarpon Springs High School, the first day of classes for Pinellas County Schools. The class is part of the school's Leadership Conservatory of the Arts program. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
It's been a rainy first week of school around Tampa Bay. A school bus and three cars drive down the flooded Snell Isle Boulevard in St. Petersburg. ALLIE GOULDING | Times

Rain-soaked Tampa Bay is under a flood watch. Pets are at risk, too.

The Tampa Bay area is under a flood watch until Sunday, due to heavy rainfall. ALLIE GOULDING | Times
Twins Olivia Simmons, left, and Sophia Simmons, 5, collect apple juice on Monday, August 12, 2019, before the start of classes during Pasco County's first day of school at Hudson Elementary School in Hudson. The school is under pressure to improve student performance or could face a state imposed restructuring. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

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Kindergarteners learn each other's names while attending Roxanne DeAngelis' art class on Monday, August 12, 2019, while attending Hernando County's first day of school in Jennifer Doban's fourth-grade class at Suncoast Elementary School in Spring Hill. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Backpacks hang in Jennifer Doban's fourth-grade class on Monday, August 12, 2019, during Hernando County's first day of school at Suncoast Elementary School in Spring Hill. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Russell Stanley Jr, 10, walks with his mother Earlishia Oates, 39, on the first day of school at Sheehy Elementary School in Tampa, Florida on Monday August 12, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES | Times

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  5. Diver Everton Simpson untangles lines of staghorn coral at a coral nursery inside the White River Fish Sanctuary on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. On the ocean floor, small coral fragments dangle from suspended ropes, like socks hung on a laundry line. Divers tend to this underwater nursery as gardeners mind a flower bed, slowly and painstakingly plucking off snails and fireworms that feast on immature coral. DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP
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  6. A U.S. flag hanging from a steel girder, damaged in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, blows in the breeze at a memorial in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 11, 2019 as the sun rises behind One World Trade Center building and the re-developed area where the Twin Towers of World Trade Center once stood in New York City on the 18th anniversary of the attacks. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) J. DAVID AKE  |  AP
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  9. The team honored Middleton freshman Hezekiah B. Walters prior to their first game of the season. New head coach Mike Williams, former Plant High and USC standout lead the team.
  10. The Bucs were defeated by the 49ers 31-17.
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