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Children arrive for their first day of classes

Children arrive for their first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Thousands of Long Island students headed back to school.

Children arrive for the first day of classes
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Children arrive for the first day of classes at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Children arrive for the first day of classes
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Children arrive for the first day of classes at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Michael Macaluso Vosganian, 5, seeks comfort from his
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Michael Macaluso Vosganian, 5, seeks comfort from his dad as he gets ready to start his first day of school at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Jacqueline Freitag, 7, gets a kiss goodbye from
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Jacqueline Freitag, 7, gets a kiss goodbye from her mom Liset Freitag as she gets ready to start her first day of school at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

From left to right: Cecile Lassard, 10, Patricia
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From left to right: Cecile Lassard, 10, Patricia Healy, 9, Natalie Lassard and Louise Dattolico, 9, during their first day of classes at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Leah Spinner, 4, is comforted by her dad,
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Leah Spinner, 4, is comforted by her dad, Chris Spinner, as she gets ready to start her first day of school at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Louise Dattolico, 9, poses for a photo for
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Louise Dattolico, 9, poses for a photo for her mom as she gets ready to start her first day of school at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Samantha Thomas, 9, and Kali Shaw, 9, embrace
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Samantha Thomas, 9, and Kali Shaw, 9, embrace each other on the first day of school at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

John Macaluso Vosganian, 7, gives his dad a
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John Macaluso Vosganian, 7, gives his dad a high five as he gets ready to start the first day of school at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Samantha Sales, 8, says she is excited about
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Samantha Sales, 8, says she is excited about going back at school at West Elementary in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their
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Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Students arrive for the first day of school
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Students arrive for the first day of school at Landing Elementary School in Glen Cove. (Sept 3, 2013)

Forest Lake School kindergarten teacher Lynne Adams reads
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Forest Lake School kindergarten teacher Lynne Adams reads to her class in Wantagh. (Sept. 3, 2013).

Marilyn Sullivan, 7, gets a kiss goodbye from
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Marilyn Sullivan, 7, gets a kiss goodbye from her mom, Doris, during her first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Alyssa Solomon, 8, gets a kiss goodbye from
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Alyssa Solomon, 8, gets a kiss goodbye from her mom, Penelope, during her first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Children arrive for their first day of classes
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Children arrive for their first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Kindergarteners assemble in the school gym during their first day of classes at Francis Hegarty School in Island Park. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Amy Kruysman leaves her daughter Zoey, 5, outside
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Amy Kruysman leaves her daughter Zoey, 5, outside her kindergarten classroom at the Mandalay School in Wantagh. Christine Kopp, at right, is Zoey's kindergarten teacher. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Ryan Mei, 5, holds on to his mom,
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Ryan Mei, 5, holds on to his mom, Choi, while twin brother Ethan watches dad Peter outside the Mandalay School in Wantagh. The Mei twins started kindergarten today. (Sept. 3, 2013)

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