Some JCPS parents face back-to-school jitters ahead of first day

JCPS said it still had several dozen bus routes to hire for and offer letters are still out for teachers.
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 4:21 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The countdown to the start of school for Jefferson County Public Schools is on, with just one more day of summer vacation left.

Wednesday will be a big step for first-time mother Ava Slayter.

“He’s very excited, he wants to make friends,” Slayter said. “I think he’s more excited than I am.”

She’ll be sending her son to Kindergarten for the first time.

“I’m very overprotective, I’m like a momma bear,” Slayter said.

She said she’ll be taking him to school, as she’s too nervous to have him take the bus. Lots of parents like Slayter may need to figure out other ways for their kids to get to school.

At the end of last week, JCPS said it still had several dozen bus routes to hire for and offer letters are still out for teachers. JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said they’re making progress.

The district said last week it still needed to find drivers for 70 school bus routes.

Pollio said that’s improved in the last few days.

“I think we’ve got it down in the 50′s now,” Pollio said.

He also said offer letters continue going out to new teacher hires as well.

“There are just handfuls of offers out there, the acceptance process all of those things,” Pollio said.

The district cautioned parents to have alternate transportation plans just in case. But Pollio said there will be enough teachers.

“We’re confident we’ll have a certified teacher in every class, but we’ll still be posting vacancies to make sure we fill them,” Pollio said.

Slayter said she will struggle to let go. However, with registration a breeze and with school supplies on sale, she said it’s time to make the leap.

“It’s my baby, you know what I mean,” Slayter said.

JCPS’ first day back to class is Aug. 10.

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