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Districts throughout Kern head back to school

Tens of thousands of students ended their summer breaks Wednesday and trudged back into the classroom for the annual rite of passage, which was also a first-time trek for students of brand-new Del Oro High School in southeast Bakersfield.

The return followed weeks of preparation and a host of back-to-school events — for the latest of procrastinators, Kern Public Health’s vaccine clinic runs until noon Friday — meet-and-greets and more, all with the intent of preparing students to learn.