by Terry Rogers
Students in Milford School District will be heading back to school in just two weeks. Parents may have started purchasing new school clothes and picking up the supplies they know their children will need to start the school year. Dr. Kevin Dickerson, Superintendent of Milford School District, provided tips so that parents can not only get their children physically ready for school but mentally ready as well.
“We encourage our students and families to attend our various welcome events prior to the school year beginning,” Dr. Dickerson said.
Meet the Teacher/Open House Day is August 30 for all Benjamin Banneker, Lulu Ross and Mispillion Elementary students and families. Families will have the opportunity to explore the school, find their classroom, meet their teacher and other staff members as well as pick up class and school information.” Elementary school welcome events will begin with the first grade transition from 8 AM until 9:30 AM, followed by second and third grade from 1 to 2 PM. Fourth and fifth grade can visit the school from 2 to 3 PM.
Milford Central Academy’s Open House is scheduled for August 29 with sixth grade beginning at 5 PM while seventh and eighth grade will begin at 6:30 PM. Class schedules will be mailed home the week before school begins and students should bring those schedules with them to the open house. Milford High School’s Open House will be held August 28 at 6 PM in the auditorium. Students and families will be able to pick up their student schedule, receive school information, including supply lists for classes, and visit their classrooms to meet teachers as they transition through the class schedule. Evelyn I. Morris Early Childhood Center will hold a Kindergarten orientation on August 30. Parents can contact the school to learn more about times and schedules.
“Families can assist their student’s readiness for the school year by helping them get into bedtime routines consistent with the school year,” Dr. Dickerson said. “We encourage families to begin making their bedtimes earlier and, for children who have become used to sleeping in over the summer, begin slowly waking them up an hour earlier each morning until reaching the time they will need to get up on a school day. Getting into the routine of eating breakfast and lunch each day is also important. This school year, we will again offer free breakfast and free lunch for our students each school day. WE also strongly encourage having students read every day as preparation for the school year and a great way to make sure they continue to practice their skills. Playing board games or having children help with tasks around the house can be fun ways to practice math facts and remain mentally sharp as well.”
Parents of older students who attend MCA or MHS should discuss strategies with their children regarding organizing and managing their time, Dr. Dickerson explained. Students will need those skills in order to manage the various activities they may be involved in throughout the year. Basic supply lists are available on each school’s website but parents are encouraged to wait until more information is provided at the various open houses before doing any extensive school supply purchasing.
“Students and parents are encouraged to review the dress code policy and to contact the schools with any information,” Dr. Dickerson said. “Families who have had an address change during the summer and have not communicated this with their school or the transportation office should contact the school so appropriate busing can be arranged. Our bus drivers do a great service in driving their routes prior to the beginning of the school year to gain a better understanding for estimated pickup times and to ensure routes are appropriate at the beginning of the school year. Though transportation cards with pickup and drop-off information times are sent to families prior to the school year, families may receive more exact times from a bus contractor or driver who calls them before the school year. If so, those are the times families should be prepared for.” Families may also visit http://transportation.msd.k12.de.us/public/default.aspx.
Dr. Dickerson asked that families be patient with pickup and drop-off times during the first week of school because times may vary due to traffic patterns and weather. If a bus is running a few minutes late, especially during the first few weeks of school, it is suggested that parents not panic and call their child’s school with any questions or concerns that they may have. As students wait at their bus stop during the school year, the district reminds parents to ensure they are dressed appropriately for the weather. To keep buses on schedule, the district asks that parents have their child 10 to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.
“Transportation personnel is located in the district office for the convenience and support of students and families,” Dr. Dickerson said. “For ensuring student transportation for the first day of school, families are kindly asked to make transportation changes by August 21st. Changes can be made at any time, but we cannot guarantee transportation for the first day if changes are made after August 21st. This date is to ensure that contractors and drivers have the necessary time to prepare for the routes and safe transportation of all students. As always, we will attempt to make the turnaround for changes to the student transportation assignments as quickly as possible.” On August 20, the district office will remain open until 8 PM for transportation specialists to assist families. Questions can be addressed by calling 30-242-46746 or the district office main phone line at 302-422-1600.
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