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Back to School: Changes, delays for the new school year

Several area school systems decided to postpone the start of the school year because of the impact of Hurricane Irene. Several area school systems decided to postpone the start of the school year because of the impact of Hurricane Irene.

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Thousands of kids will head onto the school bus and off to the first day of classes Tuesday.

This year, things are a little different for students around the area. In Chesterfield, the school days will begin five minutes earlier and end five minutes later than last year.

Also, in order to give teachers more time to prepare, there will now be nine days where students in Chesterfield will be released from school three hours early. The early release days are set to happen on the last Wednesday of every month.

In Henrico, some youngsters will get their hands on new technology. Kindergartners and first graders will be using iPads throughout the district.

Some Henrico high school students will now be able to get both a high school diploma and an associate's degree from J. Sergeant Reynolds in just four years.

Tuesday will not only be a busy day for parents, teachers and students, but also for superintendents as well. Many will be making the rounds to several schools to welcome your children back to the classroom.

But, not all districts are starting school Tuesday. Several area school systems decided to postpone the start of the school year because of the impact of Hurricane Irene.

King William County Schools will open Wednesday. Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Charles City and New Kent County will all open Thursday.

7:01 a.m. Update: King and Queen County Schools have just announced they too will open Thursday.

Prince George County Schools won't begin classes until Monday, September 12.

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