Triangle schools report smooth opening to new school year

Triangle school officials reported no major problems with the opening of the new school year on Monday. Around 200,000 traditional-calendar students in Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Chatham counties and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system returned to class. Statewide, 1.5 million public school students are expected to report to school this week. A perennial concern during the start of any new school year is whether school buses will run into delays as students and drivers adjust to new routes.

Chrissy Deal, a Durham Public Schools spokeswoman, said calls related to bus issues seemed to be down compared to previous years. Several Wake County buses were reported late Monday morning on the district s website[1], but school officials said the problems were normal for a first day. Bus routes typically take a few weeks to straighten out.

It s been a great start, said Lisa Luten, a Wake schools spokeswoman. Three new schools opened in Wake County Apex Friendship High School and Abbotts Creek and Scotts Ridge elementary schools. They ll help deal with as many as 3,000 new students enrolling in North Carolina s largest school system.

Students are returning to changes such as a new 10-point grading scale in high schools, new procedures for boarding school buses and changes in how consent is requested to use school computers.

The lack of a final state budget also means schools don t know whether school employees will get raises, thousands of teacher assistants will be laid off or driver s education will be offered.


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