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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Summer is over for Tucson Unified School District students, today is the first day of school.  That means thousands of people changing their routines. 

Parents, teachers, students all trying to get back in the swing of things and it can be overwhelming.  Are your children mentally prepared to handle it?  

School starts this morning for Lineweaver Elementary School near Brown and Columbus, at 8:35 a.m. for the kindergarten through 5th grade students.

Some may be nervous, worried about starting a new grade level, making new friends or not being sure of where to go.  One TUSD school counselor offers advice on how to get your child mentally prepared for the big day.  

First - get up early so not in a rush that can create anxiety and stress.  Second - have them eat a good breakfast so they are not distracted by a growling stomach in the classroom.  Third - tell them not to worry, the staff on campus is there to help if they do not know where to go. 

Here is another helpful tip that parents can use - "Tell them to get excited. To be happy.  It's a new chapter in their life. For them to give themselves the opportunity to have a fresh new start, that they know what they need to do.  Number one, come to school every day," said Teresa Toro, a counselor at Pueblo High School. 

Parents should also get involved in their kids education.  That can help them be more confident in school too.

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