NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) - More than 11,000 students go back to class on Thursday, July 27 in New Albany-Floyd County Schools with an interim superintendent, Dr. Bradley Snyder.

He served as Deputy Superintendent before taking over as interim superintendent in June. Dr. Snyder took over the new role when the former leader took a job near Indianapolis.

"Parent just need to relax. We have this," Snyder said.

We asked him the most important things parents need to know before school begins.

#1: Make sure students know how to get home from school

"Everybody makes a plan to get to school but it's important that students have a plan to get home from school. When the final bell rings, the bus riders go, the car riders go and the walkers go. We have a number of students who don't know what to do when that final bell rings. It has not been made clear to them about how to get home. If parents and guardians would be extra clear on that, it would be great," Snyder said.

#2: The transportation flow will be slow

"The first day of middle school which is 5th grade, the first day of high school which is 9th grade, a lot of parents want to drive their kid to school. That creates extra traffic. The increased traffic creates a backlog and creates more timing issues. Parents need to know that the first couple of days go a little slower than they need to be," Snyder said. 

#3: Take care of business

"Parents need to make sure children are registered, their books have been paid and make sure they have money in lunch accounts. Make sure to preview supply lists. Essentially take care of the common sense things. It will make everything go smoother and make sure no one feels left out," said Snyder.  
Dr. Snyder ended the interview with this. We have good teachers. We have good parents. We have an excellent transportation department and we are prepared for students. Everyone needs to take a breath and know that we are going to get through this together," Snyder said.

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