LYNDEN - Whatcom County's first batch of students had a sunny day back at school, as Lynden Christian Schools had their first day Tuesday, Aug. 26.
"We had a great day," Superintendent Don Kok said. "The weather was incredible."
The mix of warm weather and first-day anticipation had kids a little droopy by the end of the day, Kok said, but it was an exciting day nonetheless.
"It's always a joy to see the kids coming off the buses, and mom and dad and kids coming out of their cars and dropping off kids in their classes," he said. "There's an air of energy and enthusiasm and freshness."
"A beautiful thing about education is every year there is a new beginning," he said.
Lynden, Blaine and Nooksack Valley school districts are next up, starting Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Here is a list of starting dates for other schools throughout the county:
-- Sept. 2: Mount Baker, Meridian and Bellingham school districts.
-- Sept. 3: Ferndale School District, Lummi Nation Schools.
With schools back in session, that means school zone speed limits will be in place, as well as rules against passing buses with their stop paddles out. Local police agencies tend to focus on enforcement around buses and crosswalks as classes begin.