It's "back-to-school" week in the heart of Missouri.
Parents have combed the stores for bargains on school clothing and supplies.
KRCG caught up with some Jefferson City teachers Wednesday to see what they are doing to be prepared for opening day on Thursday.
" I can tell you right now there isn't a teacher in this district that is not busy, Jefferson City Public Schools Spokesperson David Luther said.
That's exactly the case for first grade teacher Tarsha Harris at Thorpe Gordan Elementary.
She was very hard at work Wednesday preparing her classroom for her students.
"I TMm getting organized. I TMm getting bee books and homework folders together for parents. I am also getting paperwork together for parents to complete so they can tell me about they're child, and I TMm doing so much more, Thorpe Gordan Elementary 1st Grade Teacher Tarsha Harris said.
Preparing for the first day back to school can be very stressful for some teachers, but Harris said she isn't stressed one bit. She's very excited.
"It's almost like the night before Christmas, as far as how excited you are as a parent to get the gifts together and get things wrapped up. That's exactly how I feel the day before school, Harris said.
School officials not only want parents to be prepared for what happens in the classroom, but also how they get their students to school.
"It's incredibly important that drivers around the community understand that once those buses start running and once those kids are walking to school, we really have to be extra diligent, Luther said.
Both the Columbia and Jefferson City Police Departments will patrol the school zones extra close over the next few weeks to make sure drivers are obeying the speed limits.
So tell us what you think. Are you ready for your children to go back to school?