NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Monday marked the first day of classes for many students across Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina.

It’s the first pre-Labor Day start for several districts, most notably for Virginia Beach after years of opposition. Norfolk Public Schools also approved a pre-Labor Day start earlier this year.

The new school year came with new security measures and other initiatives for Newport News, which saw a six-year-old student shoot his teacher last school year at Richneck Elementary. The district has since implemented a new clear backpack policy, and now will require all students to go through weapon detection systems at the door.

Students in Northeast North Carolina also headed back to school, and WAVY’s Brett Hall had coverage through the morning from Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Schools.

It was dry at the bus stop this morning, but kids needed the rain coat by the end of the school day. Showers and possible thunderstorms popped up throughout the region in the afternoon.