Thousands of students head back to school Monday

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Come Monday morning, there will be more cars on the road causing more traffic for drivers all over Oahu.

“The summer traffic was nice tomorrow’s going to be bad,” Hawaii Kai driver Eric Page said.

With more than 250 public schools starting the school year, the Department of Transportation advises drivers to leave early, carpool, take the bus or for parents to walk their kids to school.

“We live close to the school so it’s not going to be that much traffic because its close by,” Kahala Elementary School fifth grader Lana Lubecke said.

Although, some students say the summer went by way too fast, others say they’re ready to begin a new school year.

“I get to see my friends and I’m going to third grade,” Anuenue School third grader Keani Thompson said.

“Seeing my friends and meeting my new teacher,” Lana Lubecke said.

Incoming Waipahu High School senior Crystal Ugale said she spent her summer getting ready for college.

“I’m planning to go into graphic design,” Waipahu High School senior Crystal Ugale said.

And while these students are eager to get back to learning, parents browsed the aisles at stores like Fisher Hawaii making sure their children have the supplies they need.

For Eric Page, this was his first time shopping for school supplies.

“Me, normally never do it I never do it normally so that’s why I’m last-minute. I just heard somebody say last year was way worse” Page said.

Page wasn’t alone, many parents say they simply ran out of time.

Olga Lubecke says lots of summer trips caused her to procrastinate in buying school supplies.

“Not usually we usually get it in the beginning of the summer. I think it went okay we’re ready for the school to start I think,” Lubecke said.

For drivers who think traffic will be bad on Monday, it will probably get worse later this month when students in the UH system return to class.

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