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1,425 students head back to school Aug. 7

The first day of school for Seminole County schools is Wednesday, August 7, with all teachers returning on Thursday, August 1. Parents with students not driving are requested to allow students to begin riding their bus as soon as possible to help the student and their bus driver get used to the daily routine. Regular bus routes will begin the first day of school and run each day of the school year.

The elementary and middle/high school Principals and their staffs have about completed the scheduling process for all students for the new year.  This task takes a massive amount of time, energy and dedication to schedule the approximately 1,425 students the school will work with this year.  This number includes an estimated 675 students enrolled at Seminole County Elementary and 750 enrolled at Seminole County Middle/High School.

The system’s staff is complete and an Open House and Meet Your Teachers event will be held at Seminole County Elementary, Middle and High School on Tuesday, August 6 between the afternoon hours of 1-3 p.m. Middle and high school students will be able to pick up their schedules at this time.

The Green Machine Marching Band is already hard at work preparing for the coming football season and concerts they hold each year.  The Seminole County Gridiron Indians, under new head coach Trey Woolf, open the season with a home field scrimmage game against Early County on August 16. The first game of the regular season will be in Bainbridge on August 23.

Seminole County School Superintendent Mark Earnest offered the following comments on the opening of a new school year.  “First, I would like to say how excited I am to be the Superintendent of Seminole County Schools. I am grateful to our Board of Education for this opportunity and would like to thank the people who have supported me and given me words of encouragement.

This Summer has been a time for our staff to prepare for the upcoming year. We are still working on restoring our buildings back to the way they were before Hurricane Michael. Third and fourth grade teachers will be back in their rooms; however, we are still in the process of remodeling the restrooms in the ’49 building. Restrooms should be completed by the end of August.”

Earnest continued, “As always, we value the input and suggestions of students, parents, and community members. There are many different avenues to communicate with our district and teachers contact information and telephone numbers can be found on our website. I urge all parents and guardians to update their contact information at the schools and to keep up with their student’s progress on Powerschool.

As we work together toward our common goal of the success and well-being of our children, I look forward to another wonderful school year and the daily accomplishments of our students and staff.”

Seminole County Elementary School Principal Renea M. Pierce commented, “The opening of a new school year always brings excitement and changes. We are looking forward to a great school year and a great opening day. We have worked hard to get the buildings back in order following the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael last October. Our staff is ready to welcome 675 three-year-olds to fifth grade students back to school.”

A date for a see the new building open house will be announced in the near future and the public will be invited to come out and tour the newly repaired and renovated facility and receive details on a partnership with the community’s BetterWay Initiative to change the look of the school’s exterior with a new landscape plan and design.

“We are looking forward to showcasing our updated buildings and our entire facility, inside and out, once all repairs and improvements are finalized,” added Pierce

At Seminole County Middle High School school officials look forward to providing  a safe, positive learning environment for the  approximately 750 students scheduled to rush through the doors Wednesday morning.

With safety for its students and the community foremost in the minds of Seminole County Middle-High School officials, beginning the first day of school, Wednesday, August 7, a new student drop off area and a new spot for student parking will be in effect.

All students being dropped off or picked up by any vehicle other than a school bus will now take place at the entrance of the school’s Jesse McLeod Gymnasium. Access to the school for all drop offs and pick ups will be accessible from Sheffield Drive only. Vehicles will access Sheffield Drive from Town and Country Road,  turn right into the gymnasium parking lot and travel its perimeter for drop offs and pick ups at the gymnasium entrance side of the parking lot. Exit from the parking lot will also require all to travel north on Sheffield Drive, turning right or left on to Town and Country Road.

All student parking will now be in the parking spots in front of the main school entrance along Georgia Highway 39. School bus drop off and pick up will remain the same along the front driveway of the school. In the mornings and the afternoons the school’s main entrances along Georgia Highway 39 will be available only for students to access parking and for school buses. All faculty and administration parking will be in the gymnasium/field house parking lot.

“These changes are being implemented for the safety of our students and school personnel as well as to reduce congestion for all traveling, entering and exiting onto Georgia Highway 39,” commented Seminole County Middle-High School Principal Kent Richardson.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed with school officials by calling the school at 229-524-5135 or in person at the school’s Meet the Teachers Open House event on Tuesday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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