It’s back to class Monday for traditional school students
Motorists should pack their patience while children pack their lunch boxes.
Monday morning, school buses roll again down area roads and take students back to class in traditional public schools for the 2013-14 year.
It’s not just expected to be a fresh start for students, though. Eric Becoats, superintendent of Durham Public Schools, seeks widespread participation in the Million Father March.
During Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, Becoats urged fathers and other men who play significant roles in the lives of children to take kids to school and volunteer in the school system.
During the same board meeting, Durham Association of Educators President Andrea Underwood has asked that the public wear red Monday in support of public education, which has endured budget cuts thanks to federal sequestration and state funding reductions.
New to DPS this year is Home Base, a new online system that is being implemented statewide to keep schools and families connected. Home Base will replace NCWise. Becoats said that there have been bumps in the transition and asked that the public for patience.
Home Base will allow teachers to access student data and teaching and learning resources, students can access schoolwork, grades and learning activities, parents can view their child’s attendance and progress and administrators can monitor data on students, teachers and schools.
As more people take part in the daily journey to and from school, increased traffic both behind the wheel and on foot means a higher chance of someone being injured while traveling.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is asking students, pedestrians and motorist to exercise caution as they share the roadways.
Four students were killed in North Carolina last year when crossing the road either to or from a bus. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said that “these accidents are 100 percent preventable. Both motorists and students can play a role in making sure everyone gets back to school safely, by doing things like using caution when approaching stopped school buses and watching out for pedestrians.”
For students riding the school bus, bus stop information is available online at www.dpsnc.net/BusStop.
DPS Transportation Services is open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and available staff can answer questions related to the routing and scheduling of all buses, evaluating bus stops for safety and efficiency and tracking bus status, including breakdowns and on-time arrivals.
DPS Transportation Services can be reached at 919-560-BUSS (2877).
Various forms, including those for free and reduced meals, Internet use and athletic physicals, can be picked up at individual schools and are available online.
For information on before and after school care for elementary students, parents can contact the DPS Community Education office in the Staff Development Center on Hillandale Road at 919-560-3816
For information on Durham Public Schools, visit www.dpsnc.net