JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Back to school means alarm clocks went off a little bit earlier across Region 8.
Students began arriving to Jonesboro High School before 7:30 a.m.
Traffic was also a concern for many parents and driver.
Cars were backed up at Valley View where the new stoplight is located to help with traffic flow.
Parents said they were excited for the first day of school.
Bryan Moss dropped his fifth grade daughter off at Swifton Middle School Monday morning. He said the morning went great, and his daughter was excited to see her friends.
Moss said new opportunities is what his daughter looks forward to the most.
"She's going to do cheer this year so that's a big thing for her," Moss said. "Now the academic side, of course, me and her mom push that a lot but she's very excited about dance and cheer this year."
Moss said more than anything he feels like it's the parents that have to work to get back into the routine of school.
Lori Fitts agreed with Moss. She said it was difficult getting her son asleep by 9 p.m. Sunday night.
Fitts said the morning went well, though.
Fitts dropped her son Trey off at Valley View Monday. She said her second grader was excited to be back, but there were some nerves.
"A little nervous of course, new friends, new teacher, new classroom all of that," Fitts said. "For me it was little more nervous. Safety, prayers of safety, prayers for his education and that he makes good decision when he's not with me."
Another thing Fitts said her son is excited about is his teacher is a Red Wolves fan, and Fitts said Trey can't wait to talk Red Wolves football with the class.
Overall everyone seemed to be excited about the first day back and have feelings of positivity for the rest of the year.
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