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Back-to-school, Marco Island, 2013

See larger Dylan McCann, 5, gets a tender farewell from mom and dad on his first day of kindergarten.

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Dylan McCann, 5, gets a tender farewell from mom and dad on his first day of kindergarten.

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  • Sarah, a TBE kindergarten student, gets right down to work.
  • Tommie Barfield students listen to a talk on safety and responsibility. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Melissa Scott teaches intensive reading and English honors at Marco Island Academy.
  • MICMS Principal George Abounader directs traffic as children arrive. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • MICMS Principal George Abounader directs traffic as children arrive. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • MICMS Dean Mark Albanese helps with class assignments.
  • The sign outside TBE reads 'can't wait' for the new school year. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dylan McCann, 5, gets a tender farewell from mom and dad on his first day of kindergarten.
  • Parents and children roam the hallways at Tommie Barfield Elementary.
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Tommie Barfield students respond to a talk on safety and responsibility. School started Monday for Marco Island’s elementary, middle and high school students.
  • TBE kids favor a variety of footwear. School started Monday for Marco Island's elementary, middle and high school students. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Monday marked the first day of the new school year at Marco Island’s public schools, as it did all across Collier County. Chaos, for the most part controlled chaos, reigned in and around the schools as students and parents tried to navigate unfamiliar halls, and figure out where they were supposed to be first thing in the morning.

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