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JCPS gears up for the first day of school

Families touring Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School. Families touring Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School.
Families checking out the classrooms. Families checking out the classrooms.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The school bells will be ringing bright and early for Jefferson County Public School students.

On Tuesday, busses will be on the roads and students will be back in the classroom for the first day of school.  

On Monday, at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School, parents and students got a chance to spend some time at the school before the first day. Ted Tarquinio came with his daughter, Scout, to check out her new school.

"Looking to see her classroom and meet some of her classmates and see who she will be with," said Tarquinio.

JCPS Principals like Susan French, teachers, staff and officials have been working around the clock, to get kids motivated to be back in the classroom and to make sure your kids get to school and home quickly and safely.

"We have been preparing since last year for tomorrow," said Principal Susan French.

Preparing has been a top priority for Dr. Michael Raisor. Raisor is the Chief Operations Officer at JCPS. His job is new and came after a recommendation of the curriculum management audit last fall.

"I really want operations to be an invisible hand that you don't know that we are doing what we are doing," said Raisor. "That phone works when you pick it up that the bus are there and that lunch and breakfast are served."

Because JCPS is trying to improve its busing system every year, they are doing something new this year. The district has spent $1.5 million on GPS devices installed on 960 buses.

"It will help us know where a bus is, but really helps us look at the entire ride at where are there delays," said Raisor.

JCPS will also post people at MetroSafe for the ride to and from school, that way the two agencies can respond quickly to any problems.

Parents also have homework Monday night, sit down and talk to your children about what the first day is going to be like. Also, make sure they know where they are going and get them to bed on time.

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