Preparations are under way for the new school year, including the times buildings will open and classes will begin.
AC Schools prepare for delayed start of school day
AC School Schedules 2010-2011
Breakfast will be served at all schools
30 minutes before classes begin
LCMS, NMS, NwMS
Anderson County students are about halfway through their summer break, but school administrators are finalizing plans for the opening of the school year and a later start of the school day.
"After the school board's approval of a delay in the start of the school day back in May, we have evaluated schedules and staffing requirements and determined that each school building will open 50 minutes before classes begin," said Director of Schools Larry Foster.
"We want to get this information out quickly because we know that parents who drive their children to school are concerned about drop off times."
Elementary school buildings will open at 7:15 a.m. with classes from 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Lake City, Norris, and Norwood middle schools will open at 7:25 a.m. with classes from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Clinton Middle School and Anderson County High School will open at 7:45 a.m. with classes from 8:35 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Clinton High School will open at 7:55 a.m. with classes from 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
After student registration on Wednesday, Aug. 4, classes will begin Monday, Aug. 9.
"Buses will run 40 minutes later than last year, and those schedules may be subject to some minor adjustments over the first two weeks of school as we work into new traffic patterns." Foster said.
Foster said breakfast will be served at all schools, beginning 30 minutes before classes start.
"We realize the shift to a later start time will present some challenges, but we are looking forward to the academic, safety and health benefits for students, staff, and families," he said.
Foster cited a recent study that was just published in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
"Researchers pointed out that biological science and observed results show that, with a later start to their school day, students were more alert, less frequently tardy, and had better attitudes," Foster said. "We are looking forward to seeing those positive impacts as well as a safer environment for all our students as the new school year begins."
Foster said the school system is surveying local daycare centers and exploring the possibility of low-cost, before-school care for children through the school system. Parents will receive additional information through the school system's Skylert automated call system in the coming weeks.
Daycare centers that would like to be included on the schools' lists can contact Karen Bridgeman, director of communications, at 463-2800 ext. 2860 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on hours of operation, transportation options, and cost should be provided.
Additional information is available on the web at www.tinyurl.com/ContactACS.
The Anderson County Schools system serves 6800 students in nine elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, a career and technical center, a K-12 alternative school, and a pre-school/Head Start program. The school system also provides an adult education program.
ACS employs more than 1000 teachers, education assistants, and support and administrative staff and operates on an annual budget of approximately $64 million in local, state, and federal funds.