The kids will return to school on Mon., Aug. 19th.
Summer vacation time is growing short for many children, and pretty soon it will be back to school.
Frederick County Public Schools will be opening their doors to students on Monday, August 19th with a projected enrollment of 40,668 students. "It's a slight increase over last year," says FCPS spokesman Michael Doerrer. "Over the last about ten years, we've had an increase of 4% in enrollment. So we've had slight increases over the last couple of years."
According to a fact sheet released by the Frederick County School System, meal prices in the cafeteria will remain the same, although milk when purchased separately will be 50-cents, which is 10-cents more than last year. Parents who want to pre-pay or monitor school meals, they can go on line to www.myschoolbucks.com. Families who apply for the free for reduced-price meals program should use the Meal Benefit Form distributed to all families when school starts.
Those familiar yellow school buses will be seen on the roads starting on August 19th. "We have more than 400 school buses ready to travel 38.000 miles each day as we move more than 30,000 kids to and from school," says Doerrer. "That's an amazing number to think about."
The school system says it will be sending home student information cards on the first day. Parents are urged to update their child or children's forms, and return them to the schools as soon as possible.
The Frederick Classical Charter School will open for the first time this year, with 280-students from kindergarten through 6th grade.
Starting this year, students as well as their parents can report bullying incidents on line. "This year we have a new digitized bullying form. So right off our website and right off the school website, all you have to do to report bullying is click a button and fill out a form right on line. You don't have to print anything; you don't have to bring anything into the school building," Doerrer says. "We're encouraging our community to report bullying when they see it so that we can address it aggressively."
And while some people may be unhappy with the County Commissioners' decision to fund the school system at maintenance of effort, Frederick County Public Schools has received $44.5-million from the county and state this year for new schools, renovations, technology, and land. That's more than the $32.4-million received last year. "We're putting that investment to wise use, upgrading several of our schools," says Doerrer. "For example, we just finished a major renovation at Yellow Springs Elementary School, and the new facility is just beautiful, beautiful for our students and their families. And there are several projects like that going on across the county." One of them is the construction of a new North Frederick Elementary School.
The School System urges parents to sign up for "FindOutFirst" in order to keep up with what's going on at their child or children's schools, and watch the Frederick County School System on TV at cable channel 18.
"We're ready for the school year to start. It's the most exciting time of the year for us. We can't wait to welcome our students back. And we can't wait for August 19th to come around," says Doerrer. Perhaps a sentiment not shared by some children.