ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Summer break is officially over in Dougherty County and change is already in the air for the start of '08-09 school year.
"We've divided out transportation responsibilities into 4 school zones that are districts based on our high schools. The buses will run more efficiently and the class day will be protected," said R.D. Harter, DCSS Public Information Director.
The new transportation plan also allows for busing of students by grade level. This means elementary school students will ride the bus with other elementary students. New staggered start times beginning this year are made possible through this plan.
Here's how the schedule looks: Starting Bell Ending Bell
Elementary 8:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Middle 8:15 a.m. 3:15 p.m.
High 8:45 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
With some 11,000 students in Dougherty County using school transportation, the new districts and starts times should reduce ride times. But drivers also need to be aware of the extended times that school zones will be in operation.
"People need to be aware when they make their afternoon and morning commutes that those flashing lights will be running longer than they have in past years. And they need to mindful and watchful of children in the roads.
The 2 county wide magnet schools Robert Cross Middle and Lincoln Elementary will be served by un zoned magnet school buses.
For more information on what you need to know for back to school visit the DCSS website.