From weather to bus routes, some things to help survive Fayette's first day of school

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comAugust 12, 2014 

  • By the numbers

    41,000

    Number of students in the Fayette County school district

    23,846

    Lunches served in 2013 (daily average)

    289

    Number of days until the last day of school, May 27, 2015

    66

    Number of schools and special programs. That includes 35 elementary, 12 middle, five high, three technical centers and 11 other academic programs

Summer zipped by, and Wednesday morning is the start of another school year.

It's the first of 177 school days, and the district's more than 5,000 employees have spent the last couple of days getting classrooms ready, answering family's questions and even washing buses.

It will be an adjustment for many people in Fayette County, including those who don't have kids. Motorists should be mindful that students will be out walking the streets again, and buses will be picking up and dropping off kids.

Here are some things to keep in mind for the first day of school:

Weather

Rain isn't in the forecast, but students might need a jacket in the morning. WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said to watch for fog on the trip to school, when the temperature could be a cool 58 degrees. But Bailey said things will warm up as the day goes on. It should be 76 degrees by the time the final bell rings.


Attendance and grades

Once school starts, parents might want to stay on top of absences and classroom performance. Parents can track a child's attendance and grades by creating an account and logging into the infinite campus.


Buses

Not sure which bus your students should be riding or when and where it will pick them up? Parents can use the Bus Route Finder to find a child's bus number, bus stop, and pick-up and drop-off times.


What's on the menu?

Want to know what's available for breakfast and lunch? Here's a full list of the meal patterns. Starting Wednesday, free meals will be available to all students at 27 eligible schools. Here are the schools that are eligible.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears

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