Open House events herald first day of school

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Back to School/Open House events are scheduled to be held in local schools on Aug. 5 and 6, according to a release from Patrick County Schools.

“The events are a time to meet and greet teachers and other staff members. Families are encouraged to attend in order to prepare for a successful first day of school,” according to a release from the division.

Events on Aug. 5 will be held at Patrick County High School, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Patrick Springs Primary, from 6 to 7 p.m. and Stuart Elementary for PK – 3rd grade, beginning at 6 p.m.

The event for 4th through 7th grades at Stuart Elementary School will be held on Aug. 6, beginning at 6 p.m.

The open house at Woolwine Elementary also will be held on Aug. 6, as will those at Blue Ridge Elementary and Hardin Reynolds Memorial. All begin at 6 p.m.

Back to School/Open House will be held at Meadows of Dan Elementary on Aug. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. or 6:15 p.m.

Additionally, families may register their youngsters online this year. Links are provided through Parent Portal for registration. If help is needed with the registration process, contact the school which your child will attend.

Students will return to classrooms on Aug. 8, and the division is asking that the community members remember that students will be at bus stops in advance of the 6:45 a.m. start of bus routes.

“Please be alert and aware so as to keep all of our students safe,” the division stated in a release.

Staff members have been busy preparing for the beginning of another school year, according to the release, and schools are ready for the arrival of our students and staff members.

That includes a new free breakfast and lunch program for all students during the 2019-2020 school year.

As of April 1, about 990 of the 2,253 students enrolled in the division were certified for free meals annually, according to previous reports. The cost of school meals may be a financial burden to some families who do not meet the eligibility criteria for free meals.

“I know that the administration had been working on getting free lunch for students a long time,” Brandon Simmons, school board chairman, said, adding that he hopes the program will be well received by youngsters and families.

“All families are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity,” the release stated. “We look forward to another successful school year serving alongside our families and school communities.”