However, reports from the local school systems say the first day was successful with minimal bumps along the way.
"Of course [traffic] is always going to pick up during school, and it takes a couple of weeks for everybody to get their pattern down," Cartersville Public School System Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said. "Our parents really cooperated with us well and the schools had a good plan for trying to get cars and buses in and out."
He added, "I think most of our folks understand you have to be a little bit patient for the first couple of days, and they really did that. The first couple of weeks we generally have to take a look and adjust our [bus] routes and loads on the bus."
Clouse said he was pleased with the behavior of students and the enthusiasm of teachers when starting the new year.
"I was very impressed with our teachers today from what we observed," Clouse said. "They were teaching right off the bat the first day and that's what we expect."
South Central Middle School Principal Donald Rucker also said the day was successful.
"Of course we had open house [Tuesday night], so we saw a lot of kids who were excited to be back," Rucker said. "We greeted each kid that got out of the car [Wednesday] morning and told them, 'You don't have to be bored anymore.'"
He said he was proud of the work SCMS teachers did in laying the groundwork for instructing students on what is expected academically and behaviorally this year.
"Our teachers really did a wonderful job in a short amount of time of really getting things prepared, so I was extremely pleased," Rucker said.
Calls to Bartow County Public Schools Superintendent John Harper were not returned at press time.