JCPS teachers, students prepare for first day of school


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The largest district in the state goes back to school on Tuesday morning. Jefferson County Schools start bright and early.

Teachers and parents spent the day getting prepared inside Cochran Elementary, teachers know the clock is ticking.

"I'm just trying to put last minute touches in my room; filling crayon boxes, getting my morning message ready. Make all my copies tomorrow to send home to parents," Chavon Brown, first grade teacher, said. 

In a matter of hours the school year will officially begin for JCPS students. And Lauren Flowers who teaches first grade has been prepping for this day for weeks.

"Making sure that the students feel welcome, that they feel welcome at school,” Flowers said.

Parents and students also did some prepping. At Lincoln Youth Performing Arts School, there was a meet and greet for the students to see their classroom and meet their teacher.

"I know a lot of people in my class and they are a bunch of my best friends," Gentry Harpole, first grade student, said.

Mom Meghan Harpole says organization is the key for her family to start the first day right.

"Easy mornings are the best thing. Since I have one starting kindergarten and one starting first grade, we have this organization system where we lay out their clothes the night before," Meghan Harpole, a parent, said.

One of the most nerve wrecking parts of the day for many parents is the school bus. JCPS officials took plenty of calls at a call center on Monday, Aug. 19, and will be here through Wednesday.

Also new this year, more JCPS schools will participate in a school breakfast plan. In 2012 the program kicked off in 19 schools. It's expanded to provide more morning meals.