Also, most of their friends in private schools from the region already have homework since they went back earlier this month.
Some employees working in technology, facilities, nutrition and maintenance departments in both public districts never left for the summer break.
"We make sure everything's up to snuff so that when they walk in Monday morning, everything's working as it should," he said of the nearly 12,000 or so students.
Of course, his department has had much to do. The district designated
Many kitchens in both districts have been busy feeding students during the summer months, so have only had a few free weeks to complete a handful of projects, according to
Her department has been planning for this school year's menu for more than a year, readying to implement new federal regulations on healthy foods.
"Before the end of last school year, we did student taste tests at several schools to determine which products were most popular among our students," Fryrear wrote in an email. "Once we determine student likes, then we begin preparing our menus for the upcoming school year."
Aside from prepping menus and hiring staff, the summer time also was used for kitchen repairs. The
Fryrear said the district plans to serve 5,000 breakfasts on the first day of school, and she expects that number to increase by the second week.
About half of the nearly 16,000 students in
And those buses have been running practice routes since Thursday. Since the end of the last school year, administrators have been re-evaluating the student load on all of the routes, because student populations often change from year to year.
"We attempt to ensure that each bus route for a given school has a fairly equal student load," Mann wrote in an email. "This helps us to avoid dangerous situations such as overloads and minimize 'light' loads, which are not the best use of taxpayer money."
The vehicles have been cleaned, checked for safety and given maintenance updates, he said.
When some students enter their campus Monday, they might look different than when they left in the spring.
"It's been quite an effort over the summer, but we're coming in really clean with everything," he said. "I think Monday's going to be really good as we start school."
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