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Nearly 100,000 JCPS students head back to school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Summer break ends Jefferson County Public School students.  More than 100,000 students attend 172 schools across the district. About 70,000 children ride buses, so school leaders are warning parents, buses could be running up to an hour late on the first day. 

There are currently buses stuck on 71: Atherton 0487, Ballard 0691, Barret 1162, 1238, Centeral 0477, Eastern 11167, Highland 0487, Liberty 0333, Male 0333, 0776, Manual 0486,0488, Meyzeek, 0609, 0777, Noe 0486, 0488, Shawnee 0335, Western MS 0335, Westport 0691.  

Elementary Schools Impacted (alternate buses on the way) Norton 0691, 0776, 0777, ZT 0333, 0691, 0777, Norton Commons 0487, Dunn 0486, Wilder 0486, Bowen 0488, 0609, Chancey 0487

Superintendent  Dr. Donna Hargens has advice for parents sending their children off to school.  "What they need to know is that the first day is about learning," Hargens adds that "getting to the bus stop at the right time is really, really important and being ready for school. Making sure students know who they are, there's identification in their backpack. But most important is let it be about learning."

Hargens also says attendance is important, since students need to be in school to learn, "so we if we could get all of our students at 100 percent attendance that would be a great goal."

She also suggests families use the Parent Portal on the JCPS website.  "Pay attention to and have a relationship with your teacher, know how your student is doing, know the many things that are available to support students who haven't mastered what they need to so far. There's no harm in that, you just need to work."  Hargens says  "emphasize learning. I think reading is the most important -- I know it is -- 21st century skill. So today are you reading with your child? Did they read all summer? That's really important. So emphasizing education."

If families still aren't sure about transportation, there is the JCPS bus finder, which can help find bus stops and pickup times.  CLICK HERE.

And JCPS also operates a transportation hotline. This week, parents can dial 485-RIDE to speak with a JCPS team member who will be able to provide important information about their child's bus number and find the bus stop closest to home.

485-RIDE will be open at the following times:
Aug. 10, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Aug. 11, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m

Randy Frantz will replace the retiring Rick Caple as the JCPS Director of Transportation.  He is a JCPS alumnus, having attended Byck Elementary School, Highland Middle School and Atherton High School. A native Louisvillian, he previously held managerial positions at GE Appliances in its transportation, distribution, customer service and commercial operations divisions.  He begins his new job August 18. 

Norton Commons Elementary welcomes its first students today. A ribbon cutting was held Monday on the new school, which includes collaborative learning centers, interactive projectors and energy-efficient features. 

For most schools, hours are 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. for elementary students and 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. for middle and high school students. Call your child's school to confirm the hours because a few schools adjust them slightly. 

How much do school meals cost?  Most JCPS schools offer free meals for all students.

At other schools, prices for elementary students are $1.75 for breakfast and $2.60 for lunch. Middle and high students pay $1.85 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. Adult lunches are $4.25. À la carte items and online payment plans are available.

JCPS just launched 313-HELP.  It's the district's first-ever dedicated customer service helpline.  JCPS team members staffing the new helpline will be available to help answer district- and school-related questions and resolve issues. During the school year, the JCPS Call Center will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

JCPS FactLine
(502) 485-3228 

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