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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students North
of the river might be getting used to the look and feel inside the classroom,
but today, Jefferson County Public School students went back for their first
Officials said technology and
thinking ahead helped to avoid congestion on the way there. JCPS officials said nearly
70,000 students hitched a ride on the bus today.
that the preparation we have done ahead of time, the preparations the parents
have done ahead of time, even with kindergartners, has paid off so we could
have a good first day of school," said JCPS Spokesperson Ben Jackey.
Jackey said that in the more than 150 Jefferson County Public Schools, around
90 are housing kindergartners through fifth graders.
always be a little difficult, maybe even a little scary, for a kindergartner
on the first day," said Jackey.
For some, it's the first day they have to get on a big yellow bus
to get to the classroom.
"All of our
buses were here by 9:30 so that was fantastic," said Hawthorne Elementary
School Principal Jessica Rosenthal.
"We had all
of our students tagged as soon as they were getting off of the bus."
credit some new technological innovations in helping with the smooth
transition, including a new transportation hotline, along with an "Bus
Finder" online. The "Bus Finder" allows
parents to plug in their address and school to find a bus stop near their home.
"We had a lot
of parents calling this morning wanting to get that last reassurance as where
their bus stop was," Jackey said.
they also had a first day bus ride video for first time riders. He said it provided an opportunity for the
kids to understand getting off the bus and getting on the bus.
a 15-to-30 minute delay is normal on the first day and this year was actually
ahead of schedule compared to last year.
that we have been telling parents for the morning and for the afternoon, is be
patient," Jackey said. "We know they're your kiddos. We know you love them to
death and we know you want to see them after that first day."
The number for the hotline is
485-RIDE. It provides information about
pick-up and drop-off locations and estimated times. Phones lines will be open
Monday until 7 pm and Tuesday from 6:30 am to 6 pm.