School bells ring once again in Summit County
It’s time for parents to make last-minute preparations
August 22, 2017
It's that time of year again.
School was set to be back in session throughout Summit County this week, meaning parents and their children are making the final preparations for another year of classes.
South Summit School District was scheduled to return Wednesday, while the Park City and North Summit school districts planned to open their doors Thursday.
For Park City parents, one of the most important tasks for parents is ensuring their students are properly registered. Most students are already enrolled by this time of year, but registration information for latecomers is available on the district's website, pcschools.us. Out-of-district students hoping to go to a Park City school must submit open-enrollment applications.
Additionally, a number of Park City schools were scheduled to hold parent information events during the week. Elementary back-to-school nights were planned for Tuesday, but Ecker Hill Middle School and Treasure Mountain Junior High School were slated to hold open houses next week.
Ecker Hill has two scheduled: for sixth grade on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and for seventh grade the following day. Both will go from 5 to 6 p.m. Treasure Mountain's is set for Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m.
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Parents should also ensure they're equipped to receive communication and updates from the district, said Ember Conley, superintendent of the Park City School District. This year, the district is focusing on student health and wellness, and parents should follow the district's Facebook page and sign up for text message alerts to stay informed about community outreach sessions that will shine light on the district's efforts.
"If (students) feel safe and if they're healthy," Conley said, "they're going to be learning at a higher level."
The district also issues reminders about transportation safety at the beginning of each school year. Richard Eddington, director of transportation services, said the most important thing is for drivers to be aware that class is back in session and to be vigilant for students and school buses.
"The biggest danger that I'm seeing is people running school buses' (stop signs)," he said. "When they have their stop signs out, please stop. Some of those kids are going to cross the road. That seems to be the ongoing concern."
Elementary students are eligible to ride the bus if they live farther than 1.5 miles from their school, according to the district website. The radius is two miles for secondary students. All students riding the bus must use their GPS passes, which allow the district to keep track of which students boarded the bus.
For more information, parents can visit the websites of their students' schools. The websites for Park City schools can be accessed through the district's main website, pcschools.us, while North Summit and South Summit parents can visit nsummit.org and ssummit.org, respectively.
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