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Kindergarten Students Stay Cool on 1st Day

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- In Ms. Spizman's kindergarten class at Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School, there were brave faces and proud parents but no tears.

"We were here for Pre-K last year, so it's easier," said Rachel Simon, who snapped photos of her son Eli at his desk early Monday. "He's doing great."

"He's pretty excited, but he keeps it inside," said Matt Simon, Eli's dad. "He just wants us to leave."

Monday is the first day of school for more than 92,000 students in Fulton County Schools, the state's fourth largest public school system.

Students started their first day at least two weeks later than other school systems in Metro Atlanta.

To make up the time, the system's adding ten minutes of math instruction to every school day.

"It's thinking of the kids when they're extending the schedule, which works for me," said parent Brenda Thomas.