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Summer is over for students in Northwest Florida, as they head back to class Monday for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

There is a lot of optimism for the new year, and offiials have been checking off a long list of things that had to be done to get ready. 

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Students across Northwest Florida are heading back to school. The first day of classes is this Monday, August 13.

To get an update on readiness in the Escambia County School District, WUWF caught up with Superintendent Malcolm Thomas last Friday as preparation for the new school year were wrapping up.

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  Families across Florida will save on school supplies, clothing and shoes during a three-day tax holiday beginning Friday. The watch phrase for this year is “Smaller and Shorter.”

Florida is among 19 states and the District of Columbia to offer tax-free school purchases. Merchandise totaling $60 or less, along with on school supplies worth $15 or less are eligible for the exemption.

UWF economist Rick Harper adds that shoppers need to be smart when making their choices.

University of West Florida

Entering college for the first time can definitely be an overwhelming season filled with questions regarding class schedules, finding out how to get plugged in with different campus activities, feelings of homesickness, and of course the ever changing question of what to major in.

That’s where College Survival Skills, a class long offered by many colleges and universities, including the University of West Florida, can come in handy for many first time students trying to find their feet as they get used to life as a college student.

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The new school year starts next week and area educators are hoping this year’s innovations will turn last year’s disruptions into distant memories. "We're looking forward to a very vanilla year, this year" said Santa Rosa Country School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. It's not that he has anything against the other flavors in the ice cream aisle, it’s just that last year had a little more flavor than educators were expecting.