Jacksonville, Fl. - Flashing yellow lights alerted drivers that they were entering a school zone Monday morning.
Thousands of children around the First Coast grabbed their backpacks and headed to their first day of class in Duval, St. Johns and Baker counties.
Students attending Duval County Public Schools were in for some changes.
School days for students attending 51 elementary schools in Duval are an hour longer for the 2014-2015 school year.
The extra hour will be devoted to helping students improve their reading skills.
Officials at the state level mandated the extra hour for 39 elementary schools in Duval County. The district recommended 11 more elementary schools adopt the longer school day, according to a spokesperson for DCPS.
While some elementary schools are gaining an hour of class time, others are losing security guards.
DCPS is moving more security guards out of elementary schools and giving more personnel to high schools with past disciplinary problems.
Duval is not the only county seeing changes this school year. Two more kindergarten through 8th grade schools were added in St. Johns County in response to growing populations in the Nocatee and Durbin Creek areas.