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(Credit: CNN) A file photograph showing an American Flag and empty student desks inside an Atlanta, Georgia school. (Credit: CNN) A file photograph showing an American Flag and empty student desks inside an Atlanta, Georgia school.

By: Mugo Odigwe / News 4

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis Public School officials spent the first day of classes attending numerous schools across the district.

Many parents, teachers and students agree the first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the school year.

“I think it’s a thrill for the children, I think its excitement, a new beginning, children are going to learn something new,” Marnita Stoval Brown said. “They get to see their old friends.”

Stoval Brown made sure her son Terrion was prepared for the first day.

“They start teaching on the first day,” said Stoval Brown. “They need to know what is expected for the rest of the year and it’s very, very important that they be here.”

District leaders agree with Stoval Brown. In fact, they spent the first day of the school year visiting several schools throughout the district.

“I think it sends a message that school is important when the superintendent comes and visits the schools,” Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams said. “I want to see if schools are prepared. I want to see how students are reacting.”

District officials spent Sunday going around to more than two dozen local churches encouraging parents to send their kids to school.

Studies show that missing 10 percent of the school year, in the early grades, can leave students struggling throughout elementary school. Also, a child who misses 18 or more days per school year will typically be unable to master reading by the third grade, will start failing classes in the sixth grade and face a much higher risk of dropping out in high school.

“We start learning on the first day. I think a lot of people have the perception that the first day or the first few days are really throw aways, but really you will start learning on the first day, so it’s really important that children are there,” said Melanie Adams, vice president of the Special Administrative Board.  

This school year, all St. Louis Public schools will start and dismiss 20 minutes later than previous years.

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