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Rockwood School District back in session

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Getting students ready for the first day of school began with more than 160 buses heading out in the early hours of the morning. (Credit: KMOV) Getting students ready for the first day of school began with more than 160 buses heading out in the early hours of the morning. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Louis County's largest school district is back in session.

More than 21,000 students in the Rockwood School District started classes on Wednesday which means all hands on deck.

Getting students ready for the first day of school began with more than 160 buses heading out in the early hours of the morning.

Transportation director, Mike Heyman, was up at 5 a.m. to ensure that things ran smoothly.

"We have dispatch in full motion to make sure everything is in place, the routes all available for the drivers, the coffee is made," said Heyman.

Prepping for the first day started two weeks ago with dry runs.

"They leave as if they left in the morning at their roll out time. They pretend that their students are there, they act like there are students getting on," said Heyman.

The new school year also marks the start of a new program.

Under the one-to-one program, middle school and freshman students are issued a Chromebook for the year.

"It's easier to turn in my work, I don't have to worry about losing it because it's all in the cloud," said Nolan Ortinau, a seventh grader.

Ortinau was part of the one-to-one pilot program last semester. He said it allows his teachers to share lessons via Google Classroom.

"It's a lot less work to do everything, it's all kind of in one place. It's all one thing," said Ortinau.

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