11 districts return to school across metro Atlanta

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ATLANTA - Most of Georgia has returned to school, after 11 more districts started a new year Monday.

Gwinnett, DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Polk, Rabun, White, Whitfield counties, as well as the city of Calhoun, start Monday.

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Gwinnett County, one of the state’s largest school districts, welcomed more than 1,200 new teachers and 1,800 students Monday.

“It’s just an exciting time for all of us,” teacher Jenna Kim said.

Kim, who teaches fifth grade, is one of the new teachers who will fill the 139 schools in Gwinnett County Schools.

Two new facilities began their first school year Monday.

Baldwin Elementary and Coleman Middle School focus on technology and emphasize music and arts in their programs.

Kim said she is looking forward to what the new year and school will bring.

“It’s going to be stressful, but I think it’s going to be manageable because I'm a very relaxed person,” she said

In DeKalb County, a new code of conduct is in place to help students stay out of trouble, and help those in trouble to get and stay on track.

Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge spoke to DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green about the role the new rules will play in the year ahead.

“We are well along the way of improving and getting healthy and stronger as an organization in every way,” Green said.

DeKalb County Schools has 102,000 students and regained full accreditation in February. Green, who became DeKalb school superintendent last summer, said the school system, after troubled years, is now financially sound.

“We’re going to provide the kind of support systems with counseling and with social workers in the community, so the student doesn't drift back and make the same mistakes,” Green said.

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Another priority for the month ahead, Green said, is deciding to spend SPLOST money on building schools and adding classrooms, especially as neighborhoods in the district continue growing.

“We're already very aggressively looking at land options and locations where we can build, or purchase property and build,” she said.

The new code of conduct will focus on consequences of bad behavior, but it's also going to focus on helping students get back on track.

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