Hugs, tears and parental pride were plentiful across Houston ISD on Monday morning, when nearly 200,000 students returned to classes for the 2023-24 school year.

As the sun rose on Texas’ largest school district, Houston Landing photographers fanned out across the state’s largest district, capturing the moments leading up to the opening bell.

Some families will see major changes inside campuses this school year under new Superintendent Mike Miles. For many students, however, it’s mostly business as usual at school.

The Landing has extensive coverage of Houston ISD’s return to class, including stories on how students at two overhauled high schools are feeling, what’s changing at some campuses and how HISD ended up with state-appointed leadership.

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Antranik Tavitian is a photojournalist at the Houston Landing. He previously worked at The Arizona Republic, where he covered the border, Arizona politics, Mezcal production in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Phoenix’s...