SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Several area counties are returning to school Monday to start the new school year, including Savannah-Chatham County Schools.
Monday, Aug. 5 is the first day back for seven area school districts. In addition to Savannah-Chatham County, schools in Appling, Bacon, Candler, Liberty, McIntosh and Screven counties are all starting back.
SCCPSS says they’ve been working hard to prepare for the first day. Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett held her back to school kickoff a couple of weeks ago, and the school district held its annual Back to School Expo to get students ready for the first day.
Superintendent Levett says this year, the school system is rolling out its new Early Learning Center for Pre-K and kindergarten students living in East Chatham County. It’s located in the former East Broad K through 8 School, so those students have been assigned to other schools.
The Early Learning Center building will now solely focus on early learning to help prepare young students for elementary school.
Something new to remember this year is that lunch prices have gone up. The cost for lunch is now $3 per child.
The superintendent says she’ll be visiting several Savannah-Chatham County Schools on Monday and Tuesday to welcome students back. On Monday, she’ll start by visiting the Savannah Arts Academy at 7 a.m. and she’ll finish up at the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High at 1 p.m.
And here’s what students can expect at the bus stop. Meteorologist Andrew Groton says keep and eye out for a pop up shower on the way home from school this afternoon.
Law enforcement is urging motorists to use extra caution on the roads when schools begin their new year Monday, and will increase traffic enforcement efforts in school zones as children return to class.
Extreme caution should be used around school bus stops, and drivers should be well-aware of the laws regarding stopped school busses.
Drivers should also be mindful of decreased speed limits in school zones and keep a watchful eye out for children walking, riding bicycles, and crossing the street with our without a crossing guard.
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