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Most of the state's students returned to school today, representing the majority of the 473,500 pupils expected to attend Utah public schools during the 1995-96 school year.

While an exact count won't be available until later this fall, Hal Robins, coordinator of school finance and statistics for the Utah State Office of Education, said the estimated head count represents an increase of 1,900 students over the previous year.Students in the state's largest school district, Granite, returned to school Monday, as did students in the Murray, Davis, Park City and Tooele school districts. Granite expects 76,000 students this fall, and Davis expects between 58,000 and 59,000 pupils. Classes in the Salt Lake District, which serves more than 25,000 students, will begin Tuesday.

Jordan School District, the state's second largest, will resume its traditional calendar on Sept. 5, following the Labor Day holiday. Schools that observe year-round school schedules have been in session since late July. More than 70,000 students attend Jordan schools.

Elsewhere, students in the Nebo, Alpine and Provo districts started school last week, as did students in Weber County.

Alpine, the state's fourth largest district, is expecting 41,000 to 43,000 students this fall. The Nebo District is expecting about 18,500 students and Provo anticipates about 12,700 students.