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Media Releases: August 1, 2003

The 2003-2004 school year for St. Johns County Public Schools begins on Friday, August 8.

The St. Johns County School District Transportation Department would like to remind county residents of the school opening date and the anticipated increase in vehicular traffic with parents taking children to school and older students driving to school.

State law requires cars to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading children and has its red flashing lights operating. The only exception to this is when there is a median in the road and the driver is approaching from the opposite direction.

There will be 139 school buses transporting approximately 13,500 children twice a day beginning on August 8. Peak bus schedule times are 6:30 to 9:15 a.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. In addition, pedestrian traffic is expected to increase with children walking to and from school and bus stops.

“We ask for patience and awareness of children, especially as the elementary children begin the school year and learn their bus schedules and bus stops,” said Joe Purvis, St. Johns County School District Transportation Director. “The biggest dangers are passing cars or cars that cannot see the children due to the size of the bus.”



School starting and ending times for the 2003-2004 year are fairly consistent with last year’s schedule in the St. Johns County School District.

Elementary school times may vary slightly from the 2002-2003 schedule, with most schools starting around 8 a.m. and ending around 2 p.m. Middle school starting and ending times will remain basically the same as last year, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. All four high schools will begin around 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 2:55 p.m.

Seven schools (Crookshank Elementary School, Cunningham Creek Elementary School, Durbin Creek Elementary School, Hartley Elementary School, R. B. Hunt Elementary School, Julington Creek Elementary School, and Mason Elementary School) will continue their early release schedule on Wednesdays. For the first time this year Osceola Elementary School will also have early release on Wednesdays.

In addition, there are four district-wide early release days scheduled for the purpose of Strategic Plan implementation on August 29, September 23, October 28 and January 16.

The first day of school for students is Friday, August 8. A district wide open house will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 7 for parents and students to meet teachers and visit their classrooms. A schedule of individual school starting and ending times for the upcoming school year is attached.



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