Petal School District welcomed back their students this morning.
Both the middle and high schools started at 8 a.m. Petal Primary, Petal Elementary and Petal Upper Elementary have a staggered start over the next few days.
Students with the last names A-L will start today, and kids with the last names M-Z will begin classes tomorrow. All lower school children are expected back to school on Wednesday to start the 2017-2018 school year.
This year, the school district's motto is "Think Red: Prepared, Inspired, Empowered." Petal High School students created the theme and logo.