Back to School for Many Connecticut Students

Waterbury and New London schools reopened on Monday.

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    Parents and students have mixed emotions about ending summer and starting a new school year.

    Alarms went off early for some families Monday morning as summer wraps up and schools reopen in many Connecticut towns.

    About 18,000 students alone are back in class at the Brass City of Waterbury in 20 elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. New London, Farmington and New Milford schools open Monday, as well.

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    This year, the message from Waterbury school officials to families is the importance of being in the classroom and that absences can lead to academic trouble. Waterbury school leaders are working to foster the relationship between schools and the communities to encourage strong attendance.

    Missing two to three days of classes a month is the equivalent of missing 10 percent of the school year, which could translate to third graders struggling to read, sixth graders failing courses and high school freshman dropping out, according to Waterbury officials.

    Hartford students return to school on Tuesday; West Hartford, East Hartford, Meriden and West Haven classes begin on Wednesday, and New Haven, Manchester, Bristol, Wallingford and Southington schools start on Thursday. New Britain and Wethersfield students go back to school on Sept. 2.

    Do your children go back to school this week? Send us your back to school photos at shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

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