Ceasar Ordaz, left, tries to comfort his son Julian, 5, as he gets ready to go to his kindergarten class on the first day of school at the new Esmond Station K-8 School, 9400 S. Atterbury Wash Way, in the Vail School District. Ordaz, who is in the Air National Guard, has had to leave his son before while on deployment overseas. The district is getting a three-week head start as classes resume well ahead of TUSD students who will return July 31. The rest of the school

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Ceasar Ordaz tries to comfort his less-than-happy son Julian, 5, before the boy heads to kindergarten on the first day of school. Julian is attending the new Esmond Station K-8 School, 9400 S. Atterbury Wash Way, in the Vail School District. Ordaz, who is in the Air National Guard, has had to leave his son before while on deployment overseas. The Vail district is getting a three-week head start as classes resume well ahead of the Tucson Unified School District.



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