NOKESVILLE, Va. (WJLA) - Around 400,000 students in the Northern Virginia area headed back-to-school Tuesday for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
For many of the students, they'll be entering a new school or returning to school with a few changes. In Arlington County, students will now be able to take American Sign Language courses for the first time.
Prince William County added 600 new teachers for the new upcoming school year and two new schools, one of which is the Nokesville School.
The Nokesville School, formerly Nokesville Elementary, is the first public school in the county to offer classes to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The brand-new facility is the first of its kind.
Prince William County is also allowing incoming sixth-grade students to receive the state-required Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis on Tuesday if they have not yet received the vaccine. The shot will be administered on site at schools in the county for a $55 fee.
Loudoun County Public Schools will kick off the school year with a new superintendent, Dr. Eric Williams, who was the former superintendent of York County Public Schools. In Alexandria, students at T.C. Williams High School will receive new tablets for the school year.
Students at Falls Church's Bailey's Elementary School, one of the Fairfax County's most overcrowded schools, will begin attending classes in a hi-rise office building in Seven Corners.
Fairfax County students will also see a hike in the price of breakfast and lunch by 25 cents.