Children along the Central Coast are bidding farewell to summer, as school swings back into session for campuses starting this week.
Classes in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District resume Wednesday for students at Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Santa Maria high schools, while classes start Friday for students at St. Joseph High School.
Guadalupe Union School District will reopen classrooms Thursday for students at the district's elementary and junior high school.
Students in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District will return to campuses Monday at the district's 20 elementary and junior high sites, where 69 new teachers have been hired.
Lompoc Unified School District will welcome students back to its 16 campuses Tuesday.