JACKSON, WY — One more long weekend, then it’s back to school for Teton County School District students.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3, and with the new school year come some updates from TCSD.
Start times have changed for three elementary schools this year. Colter Elementary will now start at 8:05 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. Wilson will start at 8:15 and get out at 2:55, and Munger will start at 8:10 and get out at 3.
TSCD has adopted an online system for families to add lunch money to their students’ accounts. It’s not actually that new — TSCD started using it last year — but it’s easy to find and use. Just go to MySchoolBucks.com to add money to a student’s account.
Speaking of lunch money: Any families who think they may qualify for free or reduced meals are strongly encouraged to apply. New applications are required every year, so even if you didn’t qualify last year, there’s a chance you’ll qualify this year. Conversely, not everyone who qualified last year is guaranteed to qualify this year. Apply online at MySchoolAps.com. Paper copies are also available at each school.
Some of the school facilities will look a little different: TSCD replaced the roof at Wilson Elementary School and removed a handful of trees from Colter and Jackson Hole High School. TSCD brought an arborist in after a poweful wind event fell a few trees this summer, it was determined. It was sad to see them go, said TSCD Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds, but fear not: TSCD plans to replace each tree with a slightly stronger tree that will stand the test of time.
“It will look different, but those trees will be replaced,” Reynolds said.
No huge changes to the bus schedule, but TSCD did make a transportation handbook that outlines bus safety rules, bus etiquette, and schedules. Find it online.
And speaking of online — TSCD.org will have a fresh new look sometime… soon, Reynolds said. Within the first two weeks of school.
TSCD continues to grow — enrollment is creeping up in secondary schools, and it shows no signs of stopping. It means TSCD staff is growing, too. TSCD welcomed 35 new teachers within last year and 30 new classified staff. And while school is only just beginning for students, TSCD staff has been working hard behind the scenes all month to prepare.
And last but not least: Reynolds hates to say it, but she says it every year. On and around the first day of school, kids will be excited, distracted, and being kids around the schools. “Drivers should use extra care in school zones,” Reynolds said. “Watch that speed limit and help us make sure kids get to and from school safely.”
Wish your little one well and share a first day of school photo with the community! Tag @buckrail or email [email protected].
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