GLENDALE — Eighth-grader Vanuhi Khdryan heard the warning tone Monday outside Toll Middle School, but stuck around a few minutes waiting for her friends on their first day back from summer break.
"It's exciting to be back because you get to see your friends and new teachers," she said. "You get tired [of summer vacation]."
Glenwood Road — which, according to the state Department of Education, accommodates more than 4,300 students on their way to Toll Middle, Keppel Elementary and Hoover High School — was the scene of the usual hustle and bustle as school began Monday.
Glendale Unified officials said the opening bell was a success, a radical departure from last year when school was delayed during the Station fire.
"Everything has gone according to plan, and any issue we have with too many students in classrooms or too few students in a classroom, we're balancing out during the day," said Elena Heimerl, a district spokeswoman. "Everyone has had a really good attitude, and there's been a really collaborative spirit out there."