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Ariah Wyrick receives a kiss from her mom, Madeline Wyrick, before her first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School. Madeline says she is very excited to do homework this year after doing some in pre-K last year.

Lakewood Ranch area schools back in session as School District of Manatee County opens

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Ariah Wyrick receives a kiss from her mom, Madeline Wyrick, before her first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School. Madeline says she is very excited to do homework this year after doing some in pre-K last year.

Tara Elementary School kindergartner Liam Shaffer is dropped off by parents Will and Marissa Shaffer. Liam Shaffer says he is excited to make new friends.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Tara Elementary School kindergartner Liam Shaffer is dropped off by parents Will and Marissa Shaffer. Liam Shaffer says he is excited to make new friends.

Tara Elementary School music teacher Barbara Siffermann and art teacher Alex Miranda stand by a mural that reads, "We are stronger together." Siffermann looks forward to a good fifth grade year for her twin sons, Austin and Noah.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Tara Elementary School music teacher Barbara Siffermann and art teacher Alex Miranda stand by a mural that reads, "We are stronger together." Siffermann looks forward to a good fifth grade year for her twin sons, Austin and Noah.

Santana Laucer gets ready to say goodbye to his mom, Brittney Lesperance, before his first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School. He is looking forward to coloring and making new friends.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Santana Laucer gets ready to say goodbye to his mom, Brittney Lesperance, before his first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School. He is looking forward to coloring and making new friends.

At Tara Elementary School, Kristi Berger drops off kindergartner Brycen Berger.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

At Tara Elementary School, Kristi Berger drops off kindergartner Brycen Berger.

Varying exceptionalities teacher Kimber Spreeman holds the door open to let kids filter into Tara Elementary School classrooms for the first day.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Varying exceptionalities teacher Kimber Spreeman holds the door open to let kids filter into Tara Elementary School classrooms for the first day.

Tara Elementary School pre-K student McKinley Rogers is reluctant to step away from her mom, third grade teacher Jeanne Rogers, as she is led to her classroom. She is excited to finally be on campus with her mom.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Tara Elementary School pre-K student McKinley Rogers is reluctant to step away from her mom, third grade teacher Jeanne Rogers, as she is led to her classroom. She is excited to finally be on campus with her mom.

Kindergartner Cruz Eckert prepares to say goodbye to his mom, Megan Eckert, and make new friends at Tara Elementary School.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Kindergartner Cruz Eckert prepares to say goodbye to his mom, Megan Eckert, and make new friends at Tara Elementary School.

First grader Wesley Wildt, mom Melanie Wildt and kindergartner Isabella Wildt are ready for a new school year at Tara. Melanie Wildt is happy her kids could learn without masks.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

First grader Wesley Wildt, mom Melanie Wildt and kindergartner Isabella Wildt are ready for a new school year at Tara. Melanie Wildt is happy her kids could learn without masks.

Amy House drops off first grader Zadie House and kindergartner Leenah House at Tara Elementary School. Zadie House says she is looking forward to playing on the school's playground.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Amy House drops off first grader Zadie House and kindergartner Leenah House at Tara Elementary School. Zadie House says she is looking forward to playing on the school's playground.

Parents Craig and Vanessa Embry drop off twin kindergarteners Parker and Warren Embry at Tara Elementary School. Parker Embry says he's excited for recess, while Warren Embry wants to make new friends.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Parents Craig and Vanessa Embry drop off twin kindergarteners Parker and Warren Embry at Tara Elementary School. Parker Embry says he's excited for recess, while Warren Embry wants to make new friends.

Fourth grader Kaitlyn Nguyen, kindergartner Elynn Nguyen, mom Lilly Nguyen and fourth grader Ethan Nguyen prepare to say goodbye before their first day of school. They are new to Tara Elementary School.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Fourth grader Kaitlyn Nguyen, kindergartner Elynn Nguyen, mom Lilly Nguyen and fourth grader Ethan Nguyen prepare to say goodbye before their first day of school. They are new to Tara Elementary School.

Parents Michelle and Derek Schlipf stand outside the classroom where Connor Schlipf will attend his first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Parents Michelle and Derek Schlipf stand outside the classroom where Connor Schlipf will attend his first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School.

Brooke Williams, the director of Tara Elementary School's child care center, talks with Ashley and J.R. Rainer. The Rainers had just dropped off their son, Clayton Rainer, for his first day of kindergarten.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Brooke Williams, the director of Tara Elementary School's child care center, talks with Ashley and J.R. Rainer. The Rainers had just dropped off their son, Clayton Rainer, for his first day of kindergarten.

Laura Busenburg and her husband, Patrick Busenburg, drop off their kindergartner Daniella Busenburg, second grader Gabriella Busenburg and third grader Isabella Busenburg for their first day of school at Braden River Elementary.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Laura Busenburg and her husband, Patrick Busenburg, drop off their kindergartner Daniella Busenburg, second grader Gabriella Busenburg and third grader Isabella Busenburg for their first day of school at Braden River Elementary.

Sofia Oliva, a kindergartner at Braden River Elementary School, marks her first day with a sign of fun facts about her. Oliva says she wants to be a doctor because doctors help kids.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Sofia Oliva, a kindergartner at Braden River Elementary School, marks her first day with a sign of fun facts about her. Oliva says she wants to be a doctor because doctors help kids.

Million Clifft drops her sons Aiden Clifft, who is in second grade, and Elijah Clifft, who is in third grade, off at their first day of school at Braden River Elementary School. The family is new to the school.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Million Clifft drops her sons Aiden Clifft, who is in second grade, and Elijah Clifft, who is in third grade, off at their first day of school at Braden River Elementary School. The family is new to the school.

Best friends Alyah Santamaria and Ally Ridenour, who are fifth graders and safety patrollers at Braden River Elementary School, are ready to be the big kids on campus this year.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Best friends Alyah Santamaria and Ally Ridenour, who are fifth graders and safety patrollers at Braden River Elementary School, are ready to be the big kids on campus this year.

Alexander Aynde Schmitz, a kindergartner at Braden River Elementary School, says his mother, Nicole Schmitz, is going to cry as she drops him off on the first day because he's "growing so big."

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Alexander Aynde Schmitz, a kindergartner at Braden River Elementary School, says his mother, Nicole Schmitz, is going to cry as she drops him off on the first day because he's "growing so big."

Ariella Duvall and her sister, Skyla Duvall, are ready to take on the first grade at Braden River Elementary School and make new friends.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Ariella Duvall and her sister, Skyla Duvall, are ready to take on the first grade at Braden River Elementary School and make new friends.

Kiera Gallon and Jamal Gallon commemorate their son, Braxton Gallon's, first day of kindergarten at Braden River Elementary School.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Kiera Gallon and Jamal Gallon commemorate their son, Braxton Gallon's, first day of kindergarten at Braden River Elementary School.

Hunter Dragon and Kason Scarlett, who are fifth graders and safety patrollers at Braden River Elementary School, prepare the flags to be raised outside the school.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Hunter Dragon and Kason Scarlett, who are fifth graders and safety patrollers at Braden River Elementary School, prepare the flags to be raised outside the school.

Elyssa Mihai is excited to be a kindergartner at Braden River Elementary School where her brother, Ayden Mihai, will be a first grader.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Elyssa Mihai is excited to be a kindergartner at Braden River Elementary School where her brother, Ayden Mihai, will be a first grader.

Abigail Williams walks her daughter, Abrianna Williams, to her second grade classroom.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Abigail Williams walks her daughter, Abrianna Williams, to her second grade classroom.

Rosie Negrete is thrilled to have her kindergartner, Ryan Burchett-Negrete, be a part of the dual language program at Braden River Elementary School.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Rosie Negrete is thrilled to have her kindergartner, Ryan Burchett-Negrete, be a part of the dual language program at Braden River Elementary School.

Claudia Lescano walks with her daughter Lia Lescano and her husband Daniel Lescano to Lia's classroom for the first day of kindergarten at Braden River Elementary School.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Claudia Lescano walks with her daughter Lia Lescano and her husband Daniel Lescano to Lia's classroom for the first day of kindergarten at Braden River Elementary School.

Constanza Alvarez, a first grader at Braden River Elementary School, prepares to say goodbye to her mother, Nayely Alvarez.

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 |

Constanza Alvarez, a first grader at Braden River Elementary School, prepares to say goodbye to her mother, Nayely Alvarez.

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