Even veteran teachers are not immune to back-to-school jitters.
On Tuesday morning, Matthew Whaley Elementary fifth-grade teacher Bryan Cole made his final preparations before the hallways filled with students.
“This is my 21st first day of school, and I think I am just as nervous as the students,” Cole said. “I started waking up at 2:30 a.m.”
Teachers and students throughout the area were feeling those nerves, as Williamsburg-James City County and York County schools opened for the first day of the 2016-17 school year. Teachers prepared classrooms, parents snapped back-to-school pictures and administrators hoped bell schedules and bus routes operated as planned.