Summer ended Wednesday for thousands of South County kids when classes started in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.
Although it looks like student populations will be up a bit this year, at least in the lower grades, the first day of school came and went without major incident, officials said.
"Today seemed really smooth, really really smooth," said Murry Sheckman, a PVUSD assistant superintendent who visted 11 school campuses on the first day of class. "I wanted to soak up the zen."
He said students got to class on time and campuses looked good.
"It was really peaceful," Sheckman added.
The "warm body count" of students was a bit higher than projections for elementary school students, and hit right on for middle school and high school students, Sheckman said.
There were 3,330 middle school and junior high students enrolled Wednesday and 5,159 high schoolers, according to PVUSD. Sheckman said those numbers will probably rise slightly as kids trickle in. For example, some parents mistakenly withheld their children from school Wednesday because they hadn't received whooping cough vaccinations.