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Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun County students go back to school

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CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA9) -- This is the first day back to school for Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun County schools. Their return also means it is also Terrible Traffic Tuesday.

In all, 800,000 students will be heading to classes in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia metro area in more than 5,000 school buses.

New Fairfax County superintendent Karen Garza will start her school day visiting six schools in the district. Dr. Garza came to the school district from Lubbock, Texas. She has already done her homework and has outlined goals for the largest school district in the state and one of the largest in the country.

The veteran Texas educator says she wants to close achievement gaps, expand gifted education and provide iPads to every student. She said she will push for later high school start times, would consider supporting charter schools and wants to focus on the needs of the county's poorest students.

Fairfax County Public Schools will also pilot a soda ban at seven high schools.  Soda products are not currently available in any Fairfax County public school during the school day.  This ban will remove regular soda products from the after-school soda machines in each of the seven participating schools. The schools include Chantilly, Falls Church, Langley, Marshall, and West Potomac High Schools as well as Lake Braddock Secondary School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

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