Class is back in session in Ingham and Eaton Counties.
Districts like Waverly, Okemos and Haslett asked the state for a waiver to start class early. Eaton Rapids, Williamston, Webberville and Mason all start today as well.
New at Waverly this year, students will use newly updated locker rooms and bathrooms. The spaces have a new look. It's one of the things the district is excited about for the new year.
Waverly is also a digital district. There are interactive classrooms with white boards and projectors. The district has a one-to-one policy, where each student gets a lap top.
The technology upgrades at Waverly are thanks to a bond passed by voters in 2013.
One issue the district is still working on as it starts a new school year is a contract with teachers. That has not been resolved yet. Superintendent Terry Urquhart tells me work on a contract agreement is underway.
Plus, the nut-free policy is still in effect on campus, designed to protect students with severe allergies.
Keeping students safe is a top priority. Deputies with the Delta Branch of the Eaton County Sheriff's Office are out in full force in Delta Township, watching school zones and following bus routes.
With Jackson County students already back in class, this year, it's an early start for students across mid-michigan.