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GCPS to help ease school adjustment

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ready for the new school year?

Next week, schools in Gwinnett County will help families get ready for the first day of school. Students can meet their new teachers, visit classrooms and participate in other activities such as picking up class schedules and acquiring lockers and parking spaces.

Although activities may take place Monday through Aug. 8, most are scheduled for Aug. 7, said Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Parents should call schools to see what is planned.

"It's a great opportunity for parents and students to go and get acclimated to the school," Roach said. "It's a good way to get the year going."

In addition, Gwinnett County school buses will run practice routes next week. Bus drivers will run their assigned routes Monday thorough Aug. 8 in the mornings and afternoons. Practice runs will be limited Aug. 7, however, because bus drivers will participate in activities at schools and mandatory safety training sessions.

"We encourage parents to keep an eye out for the buses," Roach said.

Each bus will display a school name on a card in the window to help parents identify the one their children will ride. Parents can also call the school for bus schedules and route and stop information.

On the first few days of school, district officials recommend students arrive at the bus stop about 15 minutes before the scheduled bus arrival. Buses may run behind schedule on the first few days, especially during afternoon routes, because drivers will go through additional procedures before releasing students to ensure their safety.