CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Students across the Lowcountry have been heading back to school this week. Tuesday marked day one for students in Charleston and Berkeley Counties as their summer vacation is officially over.
"She is super excited, and she's not worried at all and she just has been talking about this all summer," said parent Anna Hage about her daughter's first day of kindergarten.
Parents and kids were all smiles at James B. Edwards Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant as they dropped their kids off. Being back in class isn't only exciting for the kids; it is also an emotional day for the parents.
"Today was a big step with both of them going to school, the oldest one obviously has been going here for a couple of years, but it's a big step when both of them are let go," said parent Bill Collar. "I think it's bigger on momma than it is on me."
Early this morning school buses lined up to drop kids off for the first day of school. Students had their bags packed and ready to begin yet another school year.
"We've been talking about how much fun she is going to have, how much she is going to learn and how many friends she is going to make," Collar said.
Charleston County Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley had a busy day as well. She visited several different schools in Charleston County, including James B. Edwards Elementary School, personally welcoming back teachers and students.
"I'm welcoming the new teachers because we have some great teachers that have been hired this year," McGinley said. "I'm visiting as many new principles as I can. We've hired 12 new principles, and I just really want to say good luck have a great year and thanks for being in Charleston."
McGinley says she is excited for the new school year with some new faces.
Students in Dorchester County Districts 2 and 4, Colleton, Beaufort, and Williamsburg Counties all began school Monday.