Summer’s over, it’s back to work for area schools

Come Monday of next week (Aug. 14), the dog days of summer will be nothing more than a faded memory for students in McCulloch County as all three area schools head back to classes. With the exception of Brady Middle School and Brady High School, all BISD schools will begin classes at 8 a.m. each day. Students at high school will be given the opportunity to have a “zero hour” before regular classes begin at 8 p.m. The “zero hour” will be offered at 7 a.m. each day. “This period allows several students the opportunity to get in an additional class that they might not have been able to take otherwise,” said BISD Supt. Max Gordon. Brady High School upperclassmen will get a few extra hours of sleep the first day of school due to their day beginning at 10 a.m. Only freshmen will report to the auditorium at 8 a.m. for a general meeting and then run through a modified schedule. Zero hour for upperclassmen will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. At this time all students and staff will report to the auditorium for general instructions for the first day of school and be released to go to class meetings. All students will receive several forms that need to be filled out and returned the next day. The first day of school bell schedule is as follows: ‘ 8-8:15 a.m.’Freshmen in auditorium; ‘ 8:20-8:30 a.m.’Freshmen zero hour; ‘ 8:35-8:45 a.m.’First period; ‘ 8:50-9 a.m.’Second period; ‘ 9:05-9:15 a.m.’Third period; ‘ 9:20-9:30 a.m.’Fourth period; ‘ 9:35-9:45 a.m.’Fifth period; ‘ 9:50-10 a.m.’Sixth period; ‘ 9:30-10 a.m.’Zero hour for upperclassmen; ‘ 10 a.m.’All students and staff report to auditorium (pledge, welcome and general instructions); ‘ 10:15 a.m.’Class meetings. Seniors will meet in the auditorium; juniors in the band hall; sophomores in the old gymnasium and freshmen students will meet in the new gymnasium. Several forms including a planner, planner letter, migrant information form, Student Code of Conduct and letters, student handbooks, lunch applications, student information cards, language surveys, insurance forms, schedule with locker numbers and an internet permission letter will be passed out to all students during the class meetings. All students will report to first period when the class meetings are concluded. The rest of the day’s schedule is as follows: ‘ 10:50-11:25 a.m.’First period; ‘ 11:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m.’Second period; ‘ 12:10-12:45 p.m.’Third period; ‘ 12:50-1:30 p.m.’Lunch break; ‘ 1:35-2:10 p.m.’Fourth period; ‘2:15-2:50 p.m.’Fifth period; ‘ 2:55-3:30 p.m.’Sixth period. Traffic on 190 West is expected to be heavy with students traveling to both Brady Elementary and Brady Middle School. New highway construction along that stretch is also expected to compound the situation in the near future. The Brady Police Department will be patrolling the area and will be ticketing motorists who refuse to obey the posted speed limit. The 20 mph speed limit will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Classes at Brady Middle School will begin at 7:45 a.m. this year, 15 minutes earlier than in years past. According to BMS principal Mike Hammond, “We feel it will alleviate heavy traffic in the area and will help with the new highway construction.” Drop off and pick-up points for students in grades one through five at Brady Elementary will remain the same as last year. Grades one through three will be dismissed from the front of the facility in the circle driveway while students in grades four and five will be released along the side of the school. Those with children in grades four and five are asked to use the back entrance road for pick-up. All students should arrive at school a few minutes early to avoid any last minute delays, and those who plan to eat breakfast should arrive by at least 7:30 a.m. each morning. Classes will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. daily for all Brady schools except for North Ward Elementary (kindergarten and pre-kindergarten) which will let out early at 3 p.m. Classes at Lohn will begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 3:20 p.m. School will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students at Rochelle.

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