Today is a bittersweet day for a lot of parents across the city as kids trot back to school.

But for parents of children going to school for the first time like Stephanie Page, 27, whose five-year-old son is going into Grade 1 today, it’s a little more emotional.

“I don’t think he will be crying but I’m sure I will be when I walk him into school for the first time and let his hand go,” she said.

“My little baby has grown up so fast.”

Page said her son was in kindergarten last year but this year will be a lot different.

“I was able to drop him off and pick him up every day but now I’m in school again, and the daycare will have to bring him for me. It’s an uneasy feeling not being there.”

Calgary Catholic School District spokesperson Janet Corsten said there are opportunities for students to meet their teachers before school kicks off.

“Usually that helps ease some of the anxiety by being comfortable for the first day of school,” she said.

Corsten also wanted to remind parents and children about the importance of bus safety around the schools.


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