The first day of school in Berkeley and Dorchester counties was so quiet, if you listened closely you may have been able to hear the collective sigh of relief from parents who were thrilled to send their children back to class.

“I need them to go back to school so I can get a break and so I can get my house clean,” said Shawntelle Robinson as she walked her two children to Hanahan Elementary School. “I always look forward to the end of the school year, and then I look forward to it starting back again. Having them home exhausts me.”

Besides the usual traffic jams and the occasional late school bus, the day was mostly without incident, officials said.

In an unusual event, an 11-year-old Pineville girl walking to the bus stop was attacked and bitten by a fox, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The girl was treated for puncture wounds; the fox, which was killed by her grandfather, is being tested for disease.

Other than that, the day went smoothly at Berkeley County’s 41 schools, district spokeswoman Susan Haire said.

Last week, Superintendent Rodney Thompson said the district was working with local law enforcement to help with traffic congestion during the first week of school.

“My message to parents is to give yourself extra time, be patient, and to everyone, slow down,” he said.

There were also no unusual incidents reported at Dorchester District 2 or 4, according to officials.

District 2 spokeswoman Pat Raynor also said traffic was the biggest hurdle.

“As is a tradition throughout the district, many parents took their children to class on this first day of the school year, which impacted traffic and parking around schools,” she said. “School buses delivered children a little behind schedule at several schools but this is typical during the first few days of school.”

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