JCPS fact sheet and checklist for first day of school
The first day of school is Monday, August 15, 2011. For the eleventh consecutive year, enrollment is expected to grow. Projected enrollment is 100,363, approximately 300 more students than last year. Kindergarten is projected at 7,414, also an increase over last year.
JCPS has hired approximately 300 new teachers and filled eleven principal openings.
960 buses will transport more than 66,000 students. Additional buses may have to be added after the first days of school depending on the increase in ridership, which has steadily grown the last five years.
Important Telephone Numbers
Transportation Hotline...................................................... 485-RIDE
Parent Assistance Center/Student Assignment.................. 485-6250
School Hours (Some schools slightly adjust their hours; confirm times with local school.)
• Elementary: 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Middle and High: 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Parent Tips to Ensure a Smooth First Day:
Don't wait until the last minute to get your questions answered. Go to Bus Finder at www.jcpsky.net.
If your child is a bus rider, please let him or her ride in both the morning and afternoon.
Place the identification sticker provided on your kindergarten child's clothing the first day indicating his or her name and school.
Make sure all transportation forms have been returned to your child's school.
Make sure your child knows where he or she goes to school.
Be patient! Buses will be running late the first few days of school as we take extra time to make sure each child is on the right bus and getting off at the right stop.
If your child is not home by 5:30 p.m., you, as a parent, have several options for getting additional information by calling any of the following:
• 485-RIDE (transportation hotline)
• Your bus compound
• Your local school
NOTE: Our goal is for buses to clear each elementary school by 4 p.m. The depot process, which normally takes 2 minutes on a regular school day, will take at least 30 to 45 minutes the first day. Children could be an hour or more late getting to their afternoon bus stop on the first day.
JCPS Back-To-School Checklist
Is your student ready to have a great school year? Here are a few helpful reminders to get your child ready for Monday, August 15:
Have you registered your child or verified his or her school assignment? Call 485-6250 if you need to find out which school your child will attend or what documents you will need in order to register.
Do you know what time school starts for your child? At most JCPS elementary schools, the hours are 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. At most middle and high schools, hours are 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Have you confirmed your child's transportation arrangements? If your child is walking or biking, have you discussed safety precautions regarding traffic and strangers? If your child is riding a bus, have you talked about both safety issues and behavior expectations?
Do you know how much school meals cost? Lunch is $2.30 for elementary students and $2.40 for middle and high school students. Breakfast (available at most schools) costs $1.75 for elementary students and $1.85 for middle and high school students. If your child qualifies for free or reduced-price meals under USDA guidelines, have you filled out an application? A new one is required each year. Call 485-3186 for more information.
Have you checked with the school about the supplies your child will need?
Do you know if your child's school has a dress code? Will your child need different clothes for physical education or art classes?
Have you filled out health, emergency contact, and other forms that have been sent home?
Has your child developed any health problems during the summer that will affect his or her school day? If so, have you notified school staff? If your child needs to take medication at school, have you made arrangements?
Have you established an earlier bedtime to help your child get back on a school schedule?
Have you talked to your child about starting the new school year with a positive outlook and a commitment to doing his or her best?