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JCPS students enjoy final day of freedom

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 102,000 Jefferson County Public School students will be heading back to class Wednesday morning.

Summer break is officially over and students are about to pick up their backpacks for the first time in two months.

Some of those kids spent their final free day at Waterfront Park in Louisville.

Erica Bricking brought her two sons; Beckett, 6 and Jackson, 8, who enjoyed their last day of summer vacation playing tag.

"It's going to be great to have them back in school, they need it, the kids really need the routine," said Bricking.

Like thousands of others students they too will have a different routine. Instead of their neighborhood school, Beckett and Jackson are headed to Lincoln Elementary, a performing arts magnet.

"So they're meeting all new friends and new teachers this year so that's one big change just for our family," said Bricking.

Jackson may be just a little nervous. "I don't know a lot of people and I'm not sure if they're nice or not," he said.

Beckett's already been practicing his morning routine. "Yesterday I woke up at 8:01, and the day before that I woke up at 8:25," he said.

But on Wednesday the alarm clock will go off a little earlier. Nearly 70,000 JCPS students will ride 975 buses throughout the district.

"1500 elementary students, won't go through a depot transfer station so they will have a direct route from their bus stop to the school," said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.

Hargens says last year's average ride time was 29 minutes. This year, it may do gown after closing six depots.

Transportation aside, Hargens says the key for everyone in the district is to be ready on day one.

"Tomorrow's not just about coming to school it's about getting ready to learn so we want everybody ready to learn,” said Hargens.

For the Brickings, it's all about the routine that'll last for the next 10 months.

"Really the point of being here is to get their energy out so they'll fall asleep on time," said Bricking, explaining their trip to Waterfront Park.

JCPS says buses will be running late the first few days. If you still have any questions about your child's route you can call the transportation hotline at 502-485-RIDE.

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