First day of school for South Florida

  • Teacher Chastity Dennis, right, calms her Pre-K student Christian, center, as he cries "Mommy" on the first of school. Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho's Primary Learning Center opened its doors for to its 216 students from Pre-K through third grades on the first day of school on Monday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Parent Fernando Cordoba, left, reassures his son, Joaquim, 4, with a kiss as he prepares to leave. Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho's Primary Learning Center opened its doors for to its 216 students from Pre-K through third grade on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 in downtown Miami. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tess Pelletier, 4, center, clings to her daddy, Emmanuel Pelletier, as pre-schoolers Nadia Gibbs, 4, and Miles Vladimir Juste, right, get settled at their table. Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho's Primary Learning Center opened its doors for to its 216 students from Pre-K through third grades on the first day of school on Monday. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Holding his 8-month-old son Cole, Robert Wolfson, left, takes a picture of his other son, Chase, on the first day of school at the Primary Learning Center Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 in downtown Miami. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Evelyn Cotto, 17, left, is upbeat as she walks to the entrance of Whispering Pines Center in Miramar with her mom, Rosa Cotto of Pembroke Pines, on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Crossing guard Berenise Monestime gets Carlo Crousillat, 8, Jason Smith, 6, Charlie Smith, 8, and Eva Crousillat, 6, safely across Northeast 103rd Street at Northeast 4th Avenue as they make their way to St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Miami Shores on Monday morning. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Crossing guard Berenise Monestime gets a big hug from one of her favorite students, Aidan McAdams, 5, at the corner of Northast 103rd Street at Northeast 4th Avenue in Miami Shores on Monday morning. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Benjamin Baez, 4, arrives at the first day of school at Cypress Elementary with flowers for his Pre-K teacher, Ms. Baldwin. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jayce Johnson, 10, a fifth grader, arrives at first day of school at Cypress Elementary and is greeted by principal Melanie Visnich with a pat on the head. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Elena Curran hugs her grandson, Jayden Garcia, on his way to start first grade at first day of school at Cypress Elementary on Monday. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Christopher Alonso, 9, arrives on first day of school at Cypress Elementary with bags that are a little too heavy. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Milagros Hernandez puts the finishing touches on her daughter Dariam's hair on the first day of school at Cypress Elementary on Monday. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Christina Colon takes a picture of fifth grader Adrian Romero at Cypress Elementary School on Monday. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Euraclio and Miriam Pons arrive with son Gregory and daughter Gillian at Cypress Elementary School with balloons and flowers on Monday. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Mia Vejdani, 7, heads to second grade at Miami Shores Elementary School Monday morning loaded up with her gear and ready to go. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Teddy Kingsbury, 9, gets a back-to- school kiss from mom, Holli, after she and their dog, Lily, accompanied him to school on bicycles Monday morning. Teddy is starting fifth grade at Miami Shores Elementary School. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Iyana Walton, 5, heads to kindergarten wearing her cool shoes and carrying her matching lunch box at Miami Shores Elementary School on Monday. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Zimir Macius, 7, gets a helping hand on the first day of school from his cousin, 2-year-old Mitch Augustave, as Zimir heads to second grade at Miami Shores Elementary School on Monday. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ivan Lucanza wipes away sweat as he provides a his daughter, Marisol, 5, with a ride to school. Marisol was headed to kindergarten at Miami Shores Elementary School Monday. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF