Superintendent joins kids on first day of school 

Thousands of San Francisco youngsters will be on their way to the first day of school Monday and many of them will be joined by Superintendent Carlos Garcia.

To kick off the school year and celebrate potential improvements in standardized testing, which will be released Monday by the State Department of Education, Garcia plans to start the day welcoming students at Charles Drew Elementary School in the Bayview district, according to school district officials.

From there, Garcia will visit Mission High School at 9:15 a.m. Garcia will round out his school visits with Sherman Elementary School in the Marina district at 11:30 a.m.

Garcia will be joined on these tours by Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice Richard Carranza.

School is starting one week earlier than previous years to even out the semester schedule by having finals before winter break as well as include staff furlough days.

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