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Surrounding counties head back to school

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After weeks of anticipation, the kids are finally heading back to school.  

The counties surrounding Tampa are back in session Monday, though Hillsborough County will be the final piece to the puzzle when it begins Tuesday.

That means drivers will want to take 15 to 20 minutes extra time to prepare for the additional traffic flow. Hillsborough County district officials say though school doesn't begin until Tuesday, their buses will be out.

Ken Langston, the Bradenton Fire Marshal, told FOX 13 on Monday morning he's hoping drivers slow down.

"Just be aware of the school zones because there will be a lot of kids that make their way to the first day of school," he said. "They're probably a little anxious – not knowing what's going on."

Several changes are in store for schools, including Pasco County, where some are anticipating larger classrooms. School officials say the student-to-teacher ratios could exceed state limits.

In Pinellas County, schools will be adjusting to new dress codes, and parents and students will want to talk to their schools about the guidelines.

At Osceola Fundamental High School in Seminole, students are seeing major renovations. The school has a new roof, paint job, sign, sod and sidewalks, as well as new windows.

Seniors can also pick their own parking spots and paint their parking bumpers as part of a school fuindraiser.

Osceola has 1,770 students and is the only fundamental school in Florida.  

Also, several other Pasco County schools have new start times. Read up on that here.

Make sure you follow news, traffic and weather updates for back-to-school morning on Twitter @FOX13Traffic, @WeatherLindsay, and @MyFoxTampaBay.

This year, you can also take a picture and share it with us as you head back to school. Upload them to our MyFoxTampaBay Facebook page, and we may show them on air. 

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