‘Smooth sailing’ on first day back to school in Broward

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The first day of school in Broward County is now in the books, and from the looks of it, it was a pretty successful first day back.

From the early hours of the morning, bus drivers were up transporting more than 70,000 students safely to schools across Broward County.

“It’s a job, somebody has to do it,” said a bus driver. “It’s early, but hey, it’s your schedule, and if you got to do it, you got to do it.”

And parents were just as eager for the first day of school as their children were.

For the nearly 200,000 other students who don’t take the school bus, their transportation to and from school, Monday, was thanks to either their parents, grandparents, family members or carpools.

Out of these 200,000 students are Walter and Angela Bravo, who were dropped off at Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach by their mom. “I guess they’re just looking to learn,” said their mother Karen Avecedo, “and it’s a new neighborhood, a new school, and they just want to do better.”

Even Superintendent Robert Runcie stopped by the First Year School to meet students before making his way to Plantation for lunch.

On the other side of town, students arrived at Pines Lakes Elementary ready to go on the first day. “School? At the same time as you’re learning, at periods, you have fun,” said student David Diaz.

And in the blink of an eye, school was over and students were released for dismissal.

“This is her first time here, she’s in kindergarten, so, she enjoyed it,” said Manuel Levy who was picking up her his daughter. “Did you like it, Naomi? You like your teacher? You made some friends?”

She replied, “Yeah.”

“For me, I was sleeping all day because I was up all night getting ready,” said Tiffany Francisco, who was picking up her son.

Runcie said ensuring all students and families begin school on the right foot is key to their success in Broward County.

“The journey starts for a lot of our families and our students,” said Runcie. “It’s where they pursue their hopes and dreams, and it begins here in Broward County Public Schools, so we’re glad to have them back and do the work that we do every day.”

Runcie held a press conference recapping how the day went across Broward County, Monday afternoon.

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