LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- July's not even over, but some students already head back to school this week. Some southern Indiana schools with shorter summer breaks are preparing to welcome students and parents.

Inside Liz Bane's first grade classroom at Floyds Knobs Elementary School, her students will walk in to see bright colors and organization. New Albany Floyd County schools are ready to let the madness of back to school begin.

"I have a book that I read, it's called "First Day Jitters." The kids think as they're reading that it's a student that's nervous, and at the end, it's the teacher. And the teachers are just as nervous as the students are," Bane said.

It is also a tough day for parents.

"Usually it's (harder) on parents than it is on the kids, and usually within the first 10 minutes, kids settle themselves down pretty easy," said Floyds Knobs Elementary Principal LuAnn Suer. "It's never easy sending your child off, especially your first (child) on on the first day of school."

Floyds Knobs Elementary School kindergartners got a run through last week to boost their confidence.

Monday night is an open house at the school.

"We're meeting new kids, new families, it's exciting, it's one of the things I love about teaching," Bane said.

New Albany Floyd County Schools are double checking records to make sure transportation goes smoothly.

"I wouldn't want them to have this great first day of first grade and the end of the day, something happen with dismissal," Bane said.

High school is more where tough love comes in. Silver Creek High School teacher Mary Beth Coffman sets the tone of the year the first day with a written agreement.

"Gamechanger," Coffman said. "No more excuses. They bring their A game, because on day one, that's what I'm looking for, and I promise my A game in return."

West Clark Community Schools and Christian Academy Indiana start earliest on Tuesday morning. New Albany Floyd County Schools go back Wednesday, with two new principals at both high schools.

About 10,500 students head back to Greater Clark County Schools Thursday. They will see 21 new teachers and 7 new principals this year who have moved up.

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