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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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