TPS reminds parents of changes for upcoming school yearWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Public Schools (TPS) Board of Education wants to remind parents of major changes affecting the district this school year.
Transportation, school uniform and bell time changes have been made throughout the district, said Lisa Sobecki, vice president of the board of education. School lunches have also increased in price. Additionally, students who were formerly attending Libbey High School need to be aware of new district boundaries, she said.
“We want to let people know about the changes so the first day of school we’re all on the same page,” Sobecki said.
A letter from TPS was sent to parents in July notifying those in the district of upcoming changes. The most important change parents need to be aware of is transportation for the district. High schools will no longer have busing services and only children K-8 who live more than 2 miles from their school will be provided transportation.
Sobecki suggests parents start planning their children’s transportation now and not wait until the night before school starts.
Some schools’ start and end times have been changed. Schools that will have new starting or dismissal times for 2010-11 are: Birmingham Elementary, Burroughs Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Hawkins Elementary, Old West End, Grove Patterson, Reynolds Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys, Stewart Academy for Girls, Leverette Middle School and DeVeaux Middle School.
Students who formerly attended Libbey need to be aware of new district boundaries. Those who live west of Hawley Street and south of Campbell Street will attend Bowsher High School. Individuals who live west of Interstate 75, east of Hawley Street, northwest of the Anthony Wayne Trail and north of Campbell Street will attend Scott. Students will attend Waite High School if they live southeast of the Anthony Wayne Trail, east of Hawley and east of I-75.
In addition, the new dress code has been implemented. Vouchers for student uniforms will no longer be given, Sobecki said.
According to the TPS website, students are required to wear any solid color dress shirt, blouse, polo, turtleneck, cardigan, sweater or pullovers (no hood). Shirts must be tucked in and navy, tan, black, brown or gray pants/skirts must be worn. A list of dress code requirements is at www.tps.org.
Student lunches have increased in price. Full-price elementary breakfasts are 90 cents and lunches are $1.60, while full-price secondary breakfasts are $1.25 and lunches are $2. Reduced breakfasts are 30 cents and reduced lunches are 40 cents.
For more information, visit www.tps.org, call the board of education at (419) 671-8200 or contact your child’s school.