Although children are still enjoying the freedom of summer vacation, staff at Milford School District is working hard to prepare schools for their return. School begins in the district on August 31, 2015. One of the changes for the upcoming school year is start and end times for Milford schools. In May 2015, the Board of Education voted for new time schedules that would eliminate the cost of layover pay for bus contractors in order to help eliminate a deficit in the budget after two referendums failed.
Ross, Banneker and Mispillion will now start at 7:35 am with buses and parents dropping students off between 7:20 and 7:25 am. Dismissal will be at 2:15 pm at those schools. Morris Early Childhood will start at 8:40 as dismissal will be 3:05pm. Pre-K A.M will be held from 8:40am to 11:10 am and Pre-K P.M. will be held from 12:35pm to 3:05pm. The Milford Central Academy will begin at 8:35 am with buses and parents dropping students off between 8:20 and 8:30 am. Dismissal will be 3:15 pm. Milford High School will begin at 7:38 am with buses and parents dropping students off between 7:18 and 7:28 am. Dismissal will be at 2:30 pm. There will no longer be any late starts in the district.
According to Harold Walters, Transportation Specialist for the district, the most important thing for parents to do now to prepare for school is to visit the Transportation Office at 315 Kent Place to make any changes necessary to be sure their child has transportation for the upcoming school year. All changes must be made in person and the parent must provide a state-issued photo identification in order to make the change as well as proof of address.
“If there is any change to a child’s daycare or address that has occurred over the summer, parents or guardians must come in to make that change by August 13 in order to guarantee the change will take place on the first day of school,” Mr. Walters said. “Proof of residency would be a utility bill, lease or mortgage statement with the current address. New students must be registered by August 10 to guarantee their transportation will take effect the first day of school.” Mr. Walters also said that parents should update their phone numbers with the child’s school as well.
The district offers parents the SchoolWay App to receive school and transportation updates. The SchoolWay App is free and available for both Android and iPhone devices. The app sends push notifications to parents so that they are informed about things happening at the school, including transportation arrangements.