Back to school shopping kicks into high gear this weekend as parents look for the best deals on school uniforms, sneakers and school supplies. For some students, classes begin in less than 2 weeksIt's almost time for youngsters to return to the classroom for the new school year.

Here are the dates for local school districts:

CADDO

August 3-5: New Teacher In-service

August 6-7: Teachers/staff

August 10: Teachers only

August 11: Students report/1st Reporting Period Begins

BOSSIER

August 5-7: Teacher In-service

August 10: Students report

DESOTO

August 3: General Staff Orientation/Professional Dev.

August 4: Teacher Work Day (No Students)

August 5: First Day of Fall Semester for Students

WEBSTER

August 10: 1/2 day for teachers

August 11: Teacher in-service

August 12: All Students report

CLAIBORNE

August 5: General Staff Orientation/Professional Dev.

August 6: Teacher Work Day (No Students)

August 7: First Day of Fall Semester for Students

Caddo Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree tells KEEL News he knows this is an early start, but that's the way it has to be done to accomodate our assessment schedule in Louisiana. We chatted with him about air conditioning on buses, staffing and the early start. You can check that all out: