School Year Resumes With Changes For Starke Elementary School
Published September 4th, 2013
STARKE, Fla. -- It was "back to school day," part two for the students of Starke Elementary.
They are returning to their studies but not going back to a familiar classroom.
School officials say the first day back was a smooth transition as students will now be bussed from Starke Elementary to other locations for class.
Their bus routes to and from school will remain the same as they'll stop at Starke Elementary to then be bussed to their temporary classrooms.
"We're trying to keep as much familiarity for the parents as possible," Superintendent for Bradford County Schools Chad Farnsworth says, "this is the parent pick up that they're used to, and we're trying to keep some element of convenience available to them as we transition through this tough period."
Officials still aren't sure how long the school will remain closed for cleaning.
Classes were suspended at the start of the school year when mold was first spotted in one of the buildings and an air quality test revealed unhealthy levels of bacteria in some classrooms.
Students will be picked-up from their regular location, dropped-off at Starke Elementary School, and then shuttled to their assigned alternate school.
Starting Wednesday, busses will pick up students 10 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.
In the afternoons students will be shuttled from their alternate schools to Starke Elementary School, and then taken home on their regular bus routes and schedules.
Parents of first or second grade students who will be attending Lawtey Elementary School as their alternate school may choose to drop-off their children at Starke Elementary School at 6:55am to ride a bus to Lawtey Elementary School and/or pick-up their children at Starke Elementary School at 2:15pm.
Parents are also welcome to drop-off their children at, or pick-up their children from the alternate schools, if they desire. School hours will remain unchanged.
First and second graders will be attending Lawtey Elementary school.
Kindergarten and fourth graders will attend Southside Elementary.
Fifth graders will be going to the Santa Fe College Stump Building, and third graders will attended classes at the Bradford County School District Offices.
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