Above, Mindy Kent, of Bend, gives her daughter, Briahna, a goodbye hug in her first-grade classroom on the first day of school at Lava Ridge Elementary School on Wednesday. In Bend and La Pine, grades 1-9 are back in class; grades 10-12 start school today, and kindergarten Friday. Other kids in Central Oregon are returning this week and next. Get dates, read what’s new this year and see the rest of our back-to-school coverage online at bendbulletin.com/back2school.