Oakland students head back to school with a "HOOT"

By WEEK Producer

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bloomington students headed back to class on Tuesday.

In Bloomington, Oakland Elementary School welcomed back its students by teaching them about "HOOT".

"HOOT," an acronym for "How Oakland Operates Together," takes every kindergarten through fifth grader throughout the school to learn what's expected of them everyday.

That includes how to wait in line for lunch, where to go once recess is over and what to do if called into an assembly.

This is the fourth year for the program and the school's principal said it has worked great since day one.

"It's amazing how smoothly things have already gone this morning because children know what to do, they know what's expected of them and it is really tremendously helped the transition on the first day,” said Oakland Principal Dr. Mary Kay Scharf.

The final lesson of the day was school dismissal, making sure every student knew what to do and where to go to get home.

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