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Instagram user @jocaza shared this photo of her daughter taking off for school.

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Maya Michaelian lugs her textbooks to her first day of classes in Newport Beach.

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Cousins Julius and Diego pose outside of Cortez Elementary.


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Tess Oswalt sits down for her first day of fourth grade at Calahan Elementary School in Northridge.

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Odysseus Bostick's daughter lines up for class at Broadway Elementary Mandarin Immersion.

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Liam Stackhouse starts his first day of sixth grade.

We know your kids would rather be splashing in the pool, but it's time to jump back into the books.

Tuesday was the first day of school for many students across the Southland, and we want to see photos of you and your loved ones heading to class.

Send us photos of your child's very first day of elementary school, your teen driving off to high school, your friend rolling out of bed to catch a lecture or your favorite teacher.

Here's how to send us your Instagram images:

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That's it. We'll find them from there. If you don't use Instagram or Twitter, email your photos to and then check back on the site to see your photos.


I don't feel tardy: The ultimate 'Back to School' survival guide

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Parents search for last-minute school supplies before their students head back to class.

Sometimes things arrive early and it's cause for celebration. Sometimes things arrive early and it's too soon to wear wool pants. August 14, 2012 is the first day of school for students of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and we figured you might like a little help jumpstarting the season.

From fashions to supplies, from study tips to tech solutions, from what to pack for lunch to where to pin the bus number on the sleeve, KPCC has you covered with expert guides from specialized corners of the internet playground.

Please share in the comments below your best "Back to School" pro tips, guidelines, suggestions, and links!


1. New and bestselling backpacks (Amazon)

2. 30 days of back to school outfits (Seventeen)

3. 21 Back-to-School Lunches Kids Will Love (RealSimple)


Marijuana dispensary near school for 'at risk' teens sparks outrage


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A medical marijuana dispensary has opened less than 50 feet from an Anaheim continuation high school for "at risk" teens, and fired-up administrators say the proximity violates state law.

Currently, the city is in a high-profile court case over its moratorium banning all pot dispensaries, but under the existing law, no outlet can operate within 600 feet of a school.

Officials say that while the continuation high school -- part of the OC Department of Education's ACCESS program for "at risk" students ages 13 to 18 -- is located in the untraditional setting of a strip mall, the same distance laws should apply.

Open for about six weeks, the dispensary, located at 1877 W. Katella Ave., promotes its services with a green cross and "a cartoon logo of a smiling house with a smoking chimney," notes the Orange County Register.


Rape, pimping and pandering: Moreno Valley school board member facing charges

Mike Rios

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A mug shot of Mike Rios taken after his arrest for attempted murder in February 2012

A Moreno Valley school board member, already charged with attempted murder for shooting at people, is now facing a slew of other charges, including rape, pandering and pimping.  At least two of the alleged victims are underage girls.

Authorities say Mike Rios used promises of jobs and favors to lure several women into prostitution. In one case, the 42 year-old school board member allegedly promised two underage girls the use of his home and vehicle if they worked for him as prostitutes.

Rios, who was elected to the board in 2010, faces multiple counts of rape, pandering and pimping. Prosecutors say he did not meet the victims through his school board duties. But Rios would apparently tell them he worked for the school district and asked if they needed jobs.  He’s currently being jailed on a $500,000 bail.


Former student and current student arrested in connection with Alhambra school bomb threats


One current Alhambra High School student and one former student were arrested last Friday in connection with bomb threats made against the school. Their names have not been released.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is preparing to hear a case by detectives, and the Alhambra Unified School District will be proceededing with disciplinary action.

The school received at least six phoned-in bomb threats since the beginning of the year. The most recent call occurred March 15.

No explosives were reported to have been found.