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Students say goodbye to their parents and walk into Southside Elementary School alone. Brynn Mechem

Sarasota students head back to school

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Students say goodbye to their parents and walk into Southside Elementary School alone. Brynn Mechem

Emily Barragan, 10, and Hector Barragan, 9, bring their favorite supplies to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Emily Barragan, 10, and Hector Barragan, 9, bring their favorite supplies to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Evan and Stephanie Barniskis watch as their child begins the first day of kindergarten. David Conway

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Evan and Stephanie Barniskis watch as their child begins the first day of kindergarten. David Conway

Analeigh Johnson, 10, is bright and ready to start her day at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Analeigh Johnson, 10, is bright and ready to start her day at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Hank Hynds is excited to start kindergarten at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Hank Hynds is excited to start kindergarten at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Venus Gonzalez is entering first grade at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Venus Gonzalez is entering first grade at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Gabriel Ortega and Olfa Reyez-Ortega walk to Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Gabriel Ortega and Olfa Reyez-Ortega walk to Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Assistant Principal Meredith McArthur helps students find their Alta Vista Elementary School teachers. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Assistant Principal Meredith McArthur helps students find their Alta Vista Elementary School teachers. Harry Sayer

Lily, Mason and Cassidy Berg show off their masks before heading into Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Lily, Mason and Cassidy Berg show off their masks before heading into Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Parents hug their kids on the sidewalk before they walk into Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Parents hug their kids on the sidewalk before they walk into Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

A large sign welcomes Southside Elementary School students back. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

A large sign welcomes Southside Elementary School students back. Brynn Mechem

Tamieka Barracks brings Shammar Barracks to Fruitville Elementary for his first day of the school year. David Conway

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Tamieka Barracks brings Shammar Barracks to Fruitville Elementary for his first day of the school year. David Conway

Alex Boyajian takes a picture with his family before walking into Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Alex Boyajian takes a picture with his family before walking into Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Aiden Hill stands outside Fruitville Elementary before heading in for the first day of the school year. David Conway

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Aiden Hill stands outside Fruitville Elementary before heading in for the first day of the school year. David Conway

A panther mascot makes an appearance at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

A panther mascot makes an appearance at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Rachel and Joshua LaVoy walk to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Rachel and Joshua LaVoy walk to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Eric and Christina Fenton drop their son Gus off for his first day of kindergarten at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Eric and Christina Fenton drop their son Gus off for his first day of kindergarten at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Tamara Klimoba hugs Danica Plotkin before her first day of kindergarten at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Tamara Klimoba hugs Danica Plotkin before her first day of kindergarten at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Daniel Zinetchko, 6, wears a face plate to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Daniel Zinetchko, 6, wears a face plate to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Cooper Hamilton, Caroline Piazza and Kennedy Hamilton are excited to start their first day at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Cooper Hamilton, Caroline Piazza and Kennedy Hamilton are excited to start their first day at Southside Elementary School. Brynn Mechem

Kylie Evans, 10, is ready to learn at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Kylie Evans, 10, is ready to learn at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Kim Alvarez waves goodbye and Sumer Creasy snaps photos ahead of the first day of school at Fruitville Elementary. David Conway

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Kim Alvarez waves goodbye and Sumer Creasy snaps photos ahead of the first day of school at Fruitville Elementary. David Conway

Fruitville Elementary student Luke Simmons carries his lunchbox and Pokémon backpack for the first day of class. David Conway

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Fruitville Elementary student Luke Simmons carries his lunchbox and Pokémon backpack for the first day of class. David Conway

Kelly McWilliams welcomes families to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Kelly McWilliams welcomes families to Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Kristen Crawford and Julien Vasquez, 5, walk into Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Kristen Crawford and Julien Vasquez, 5, walk into Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Ariel,10, and Seychelles Williamson, 8, are excited to start the day at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Ariel,10, and Seychelles Williamson, 8, are excited to start the day at Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Thiago, 6, and Enzo Diaz, 5, prepare to enter Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Thiago, 6, and Enzo Diaz, 5, prepare to enter Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Josiah Royal is entering kindergarten Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 |

Josiah Royal is entering kindergarten Alta Vista Elementary School. Harry Sayer

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