BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It was the first day of school again for some Bay District Schools, after Hurricane Michael forced the district to close for about a month.
"We are just glad everyone is back, this is going to be a great day. It's a chance for everyone to reconnect and slowly Bay County will get back to where we were," Mosley High School Principal Brian Bullock said.
While several schools start back up Monday, others will have to wait.
"Thursday we will have a couple more schools that start and then by the 13th, next Tuesday, our goal is to have every school started by then. The only thing that is holding us up on a few schools right now is the deep cleaning that has to go on after the clients leave the shelters," Bay District Schools' Superintendent, Bill Husfelt said.
The school day will be different for many students with a split schedule for a few schools. Some kids won't finish up until 6 p.m.
"We all know that what happened to us was catastrophic and you don't get over a catastrophe just like that. It's going to take some time and so we are having to make adjustments," Husfelt explained.
Adjustments have been made to school start and end times. Ten minutes have been added to elementary school days and fourteen minutes have been added to the secondary school days to make up for missed time.
"We are going to work through everything. We don't have all the answers, we don't even know what all the questions are, we don't even know where all the students are going to end up, but we will work through this together and we will get through this year and have a good year," Husfelt said. "We have got to get this back up and running for out students. They need this."
Many will tell you it's a sense of getting back into a routine students, faculty and staff need.
"We're going to get through this year. We are 850 strong," Husfelt said.