BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Alarm clocks rang all over Bay County Thursday morning, waking students up bright and early for their first day of school.
"Everybody is everywhere. We're shuffling them into their homerooms, parents are dropping them off, even hugs in the hall, hugs in the cars saying goodbye to them. Friends renewing their friendships from last spring, it's just a beehive of activity," said Sandy Harrison, the Principal of Mosley High School.
Teachers say they're more than ready to welcome the students back.
"The first day of school is the most exciting day of the year," said Principal Lendy Willis. "I haven't seen these great big smiling faces all summer. It's good to have the kids back with us."
With all the excitement, we asked teachers what their favorite part of the day was.
"Getting to see the new faces of the kindergartners coming in," said Ms. McCarghen, a teacher at Oakland Terrace Magnet School.
"Seeing how they've grown up and changed and matured," said Mr. Long, who is also a teacher at Oakland Terrace.
"My favorite part about today [Thursday] is just the excitement of the kids," said Harrison. "You know even though they're teenagers and they're growing up they're still nervous and excited."
And as for the students, they had this to say.
"I've been waiting for school to start again," said Kiden, a 5th grader at Oakland Terrace.
Benjamin Jackson, a senior at Mosley High, said, "My morning has been awesome. I've had a great breakfast and it's gonna be good."
"I guess it's just the first day of school and I'm really excited," said Oakland Terrace 4th Grader Kyra.
"It's been excellent," said Mosley Junior Jazmyn Romero. "Actually I've seen a lot of people that I've missed and I get to see all my friends again."
With the promise of a bright year ahead, Bay District Schools embark on their 2016-2017 school year.