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Photo Gallery: Welcome back, students! UCPS celebrates the first day of school

It's that time again!

On Monday, Aug. 26, more than 41,000 UCPS students returned to the classroom for their first day of school.

School hallways that had been quiet for months were buzzing with activity as students made their way past welcome back signs and sidewalk artwork to their new classes, teachers and friends.

Many schools also hosted back-to-school celebrations and events to keep students energized throughout the day, including a surprise music performance by Cuthbertson High band students for their peers to East Elementary community members giving high-fives to students at the start of the school day.

The 2019-20 school year also marks the addition and expansion of several districtwide and school initiatives that focus on new academic programming, social and emotional learning, school safety and college and career readiness. These new and/or expanded programs are designed to continue providing students with equitable access to critical mental health and safety resources while also continuing to prepare them for college, careers and life after high school.

"I want to welcome back all of our 40,000+ students. Teachers and staff have been preparing for the school year and I'm excited that we are up and running across all 53 schools," Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan said. "All around it was a great day for Union County Public Schools. I had the opportunity to visit 10 schools, and everywhere I went was phenomenal. It looks like we are off to a great start."

Want to see how our students and staff kicked off the first day of the 2019-20 school year? Scroll through the photo gallery below to see back-to-school photos from across the district. Also, don't forget to follow #UCPSBackToSchool on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see additional back-to-school pictures!

Posted: Aug. 26, 2019