It was the first day of school for more than 30,000 students in the 70-school Minneapolis school district. Kindergarteners start Wednesday.
Special efforts are being made to keep students in school this year, Fox 9 reports. More than 41 percent of students miss eight or more days a year, the station says.
This year, thousands of Minneapolis high school students will ride on a MetroTransit bus or light rail train instead of the typical yellow school bus, MPR reports.
Also new for this year: a $41 million Minneapolis schools headquarters.
Minneapolis superintendent Bernadeia Johnson talked with WCCO about the busing change and the new year: