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What you need to know as students go back to school

Public schools start up this week and next. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.

When the buses are on the road

Hall County has 474 bus routes and Gainesville 33. Hall students start school Aug. 7. Elementary students are delivered to schools at about 7:15 a.m. and older students by 8:30 a.m. They release at roughly 2:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.. Here’s the 2017-18 calendar. Gainesville students start school Wednesday, and their start and dismissal times are similar to those in Hall. Here’s the 2017-18 calendar. Read more.

As buses fill the streets, drivers must remember that unless they are on a road with a median, they must stop for school buses on the opposite side of the road whenever the stop arm is activated.

4 ways to help your kid succeed

Teachers may have the most direct impact on a student’s education, but most will quickly say they can’t do it alone. We asked teachers to share advice with parents on what they can do to help their kids be their best. Standardized tests are one way educators measure how well students are learning. Here are which tests matter most this year for your student.

What the kids will eat

Whether your kids like fruits and vegetables or not, public schools are required to serve them to those in the lunch line. Read more.

People you should get to know

Of course teachers will be key people in your child’s life, but there are a few other staff members who play vital roles: nurses and counselors. And while we’re talking about counseling, get to know the bullying policies.

When is open house

Gainesville City School System

  • 3-6 p.m. July 31: All elementary schools except Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy

  • 3- 6 p.m. Aug. 1: Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy (located at transition campus at Centennial Arts Academy)

  • Events were held Sunday for Gainesville Middle and High schools

Hall County Schools

  • 4-7 p.m. Aug. 1: All middle schools

  • 4-7 p.m. Aug. 2: All elementary schools

  • 4-7 p.m. Aug. 3: All high schools

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