TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - You may have encountered a school bus or two while you were on the road Monday.
That's because it was the first day of the new school year for most students in north Florida, including those in Leon County.
We went to local schools to see first hand the enthusiasm on the students' faces.
The superintendent of Leon County Schools, Rocky Hanna, says new changes will make this year great. Through the SAFE initiative, law enforcement and mental health counselors are now on campus during school hours.
Parents WTXL spoke to say this creates a safer environment for their children.
"I do think it's important to have officers here because with the things happening in the world, it's important to have the children at school safe," said Ivonne Miranda.
"I think with the multiple different situations that's been going on with the schools, it actually makes me feel a little better," said Yenka Callinder.
Leon County Schools is also launching a new online information system called FOCUS. The one-stop-shop lets parents see attendance information in real time and stay involved with the school.