Education

Things to know for Fayette County's first day of school

Julius Marks Elementary instructor Marcia Ambrose welcomed first-grader Payton Harris, 6, on Wednesday during a premiere-themed opening day of school.
Julius Marks Elementary instructor Marcia Ambrose welcomed first-grader Payton Harris, 6, on Wednesday during a premiere-themed opening day of school. Herald-Leader

More than 40,000 Fayette County public school students will be returning to classes Wednesday morning. That's the equivalent of a second-class city in Kentucky.

Overall, Fayette County Schools will operate 66 schools and special programs this year.

The district will be opening one new school this year, the STEAM Academy, temporarily located at the old Johnson school building on East Sixth Street.

About 220 Fayette school buses will hit the streets by about 6 a.m. Wednesday to start picking up children. Many kids will be riding to school with their parents, or driving themselves. Others will be walking to nearby schools. Here are some important things to know:

Times

Fayette County elementary schools will start classes at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. Middle schools open at 9:05 a.m. High schools get started at 8:25 a.m.

For details about school bus routes and related information go to www.fcps.net/bus. You can contact the Fayette Schools transportation department at (859) 381-3855.

Safety

Lexington police have asked motorists to be patient, allow extra travel time, and watch out for children near bus stops and in neighborhoods.

Remember: it is against the law to pass school buses when they are stopped to load or unload children. If an officer sees you passing a bus, you will get a ticket.

The 25 mph speed limit in school zones also will be strictly enforced.

If you see someone breaking the rules you should call (859) 258-3600, police said.

Weather

Students should be able to leave their slickers at home Wednesday morning, but they might need to wear jackets.

Rain isn't expected, but WKYT-TV meteorologist Chris Bailey says temperatures Wednesday morning could be near 52 degrees, the low for the date set in 1964.

Wednesday afternoon's high will be 70 to 75 degrees under full sunshine, and the cooler weather should continue through Thursday.

"It's going to feel more like the first few days of October than the opening of school in August," Bailey said.

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