Thousands of kids across Rhode Island returned to school Wednesday.
Providence public schools saw some special visitors.
"Mayor Angel Taveras and I are riding the bus today," said Providence Superintendent of Schools Susan Lusi.
The pair rode a bus to Leviton Dual Language Elementary School to greet kids and parents and talk with them about priorities for the upcoming school year.
"Chronic absenteeism is a problem in our city. We need to work on improving the education of our English language learners," Taveras said.
Taveras also emphasized bringing up the dwindling graduation rate and said attendance is a huge part of that battle.
As kids started a new school year, they also started a new school schedule.
The mayor approved a change in the schedule at the end of the spring. For most students, school Monday through Thursday will last about 15 minutes longer, but they get that time back on Friday. They leave school an hour early the last day of the week.
Taveras argued the new bus schedule will save the city $2.5 million each year.
"It also gives our teachers more time for valuable common planning," Lusi said.
Parents rushed in to drop kids off at elementary schools around the city.
"I really want to see how the school year goes. It's my first year with a daughter in second grade so I'm excited to see how it's going to go," parent Kisha Burk said.
She says she's pleased to hear the mayor focusing his energy on the graduation rate in Providence.
"I would love my daughter to graduate and go on, that's something she has to do," Burk said.
Lusi visited other schools in the district and said she pledges to visit each of Providence's 40 public schools, by Sept. 9.
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