Sioux City students head to school for the 2017-2018 school year
Students across Iowa have completed their first day of school for the 2017-18 school year.
In Sioux City, the first day brought district superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman to each of the district's 20 elementary, middle and high schools.
We caught up with him this morning at Loess Hills Elementary on the west side.
"This is one of the most exciting days of the year. This is one of those times where we get to say happy new year and in education where we get to say it twice a year. I want to do all I can to say thank you to our staff members. Those who are really close to the kids are the ones that are making a difference everyday and I want to thank them. And of course I want to welcome the kids back to school," said Dr. Gausman.
Loess Hills' Principal told us that ahead of the first bell this morning, his staff was still working to make sure everything was ready for their students.
"There's an awful lot to do. There's so many things we need to make sure we have ready to go. So when parents and children show up they know where to and everyone feels comfortable and is happy. There's a lot to get to. And new students that's always nervous but we have so many staff members willing and ready to welcome them. Every one is excited," said Principal John Beeck.
Today, one of the first days of school in recent memory where classes didn't end early at some local schools due to heat.