LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – So far, so good. That’s what Jefferson County Public Schools officials said as students boarded buses for the first day back to class.
While officials admitted there were a few hiccups and delays, overall, the morning commute to school went well. JCPS said bus depots ran about 10 to 20 minutes ahead of last year’s times and delays are something parents should expect the first week as everyone gets back into the swing of the school year.
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As students loaded on to buses, many said they are looking forward to both the old and the new.
“You get to see old friends you haven't seen all summer, your teachers and old teachers,” Jacob Quafe, JCPS junior, said.
“I'm looking forward to getting back to school because they have all new facilities in the science wing and medicine wing,” Nick Stringer, Waggner junior said.
For the past week, JCPS has been working to make sure the first day goes well for all students. Drivers practiced bus routes and worked on communication to prepare for transporting nearly 70,000 students to and from school each day.
Both drivers and parents should expect longer commute times.
“Expect that there's going to be delays, because the care, welfare and safety of our students is so important to us that we're going to take our time to make sure that we have everything right before the buses leave our schools,” Michael Raisor, JCPS transportation chief operations officer, said.
JCPS superintendent Dr. Donn Hargens said having students prepared is key.
“I say to parents continue to do the same thing you did this morning. You had your students ready you are reinforcing that learning is important, that education is important,” Hargens said.
Hargens, who has been with JCPS for just over a year, said she's pleased with how the morning turned out. She also said the past year has been one of learning and focusing on the future.
“I think we've become more fine tuned, looking at resources and how they affect student achievement and making sure where the students are. So it's a matter of continuing to follow the plan.,” Hargens said.
WHAS11 will continue coverage of the first day back to school for JCPS during the evening newscasts.
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