GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - School kicked off for the 41 schools in Berkeley County Tuesday morning.
At Westview Elementary, parents took their kids' pictures and walked them into their classrooms just before the 7:20 a.m. bell rang.
Along with the new faces, the school district saw a lot of fresh ideas and policies Tuesday.
New security guidelines mean visitors now aren't allowed into the school without providing a drivers license or state identification.
A system will then check the I. D. to ensure the visitor is not at on a sex registry list.
On top of the visitor policy, school officials say they're also changing the entrances to a lot of the schools. Many schools will have one main entrance. That way, they will be able to better keep tabs on who's entering and exiting the school.
As security measures at the schools grow stricter, Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and school officials are stressing the importance of safety across the board, especially in school zones.
"We have extra law enforcement out this week to help us out to make sure that the children get to school every morning safe," said Westview Elementary School Principal Aimee Fulmer.
The Sheriff's office released this statement: "Deputies will be out in full force to help create a smooth and safe transition for all returning to school. However, they will be out in the school zones enforcing traffic laws and issuing citations to those who fail to adhere to the rules in the school zones."