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With Mecklenburg schools ready to resume, parents informed of changes / August 13, 2014

It’s back-to-school time for students in Mecklenburg County, with opening day set for Monday, Aug. 18.

Heather Tuck, director of support services, said there are a few changes taking place with Mecklenburg County Public Schools that parents need to know about. Many of the changes can be discussed with school personnel on Aug. 14 when families are invited to attend a meet and greet — otherwise known as “Fee Day/Registration” at all schools between noon-6 p.m.

Students and parents are invited to visit the schools to meet with classroom teachers and ask questions. Kids are encouraged to bring their school supplies with them so they can begin the process of settling into their new classrooms and lockers. A listing of school supplies for every grade and each school can be found on the Mecklenburg County school website,

It is also a time for parents to drop off their children’s medications with the school nurse, fill out necessary paperwork, and discuss special issues the nurse should know. Secondary students are expected to pay any school-related fees that are due during the Fee Day/Registration event.

There will not be a formal presentation by the staff at this event. Instead, said Tuck, parents can use the time to find answers to their questions.

“Sometimes parents want to know more about the bus routes, etc. Those questions are answered during Fee Day/Registration. Finally, any documents that parents may need to complete will be available as well.”

A special notice was sent to families with children attending La Crosse Elementary and Chase City Elementary nearly 30 days ago. Because of their new integrated music programs, students at La Crosse and Chase City will start the school day sooner than the other schools in Mecklenburg — at 7:55 a.m. instead of the 8:45 a.m. start time that applies to the rest of the county schools.

The rationale was explained in the July 15 letter that reads, in part, “This earlier start will enable our students to have a period for piano keyboarding instruction and one for violin instruction daily, and still fulfill the requirements for core instruction. Whether riding the bus or transporting by car, we ask that students arrive on time so we can have a smooth start to each day.”

Welcoming the students back to school, Tuck said, “We [administrators, teachers and staff in Mecklenburg County Public Schools] are excited about the upcoming school year.”

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