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Parents prepare children for the new school year

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

In just a few days, the cars of parents dropping their children off at school will be lining the streets. School buses will in transit and students will be waiting at stops.  Drivers should remember that once again, school zone speed limits will start taking effect twice a day.

"It's very important for people to remember the speed. Be aware of the crossing guards and the fact that it's going to take a little bit longer to get to and from the locations that you've been going to because school does start back officially on Thursday," says Valerie Fuller of Muscogee County Schools.

Tuesday, August 5, is an important day to remember in Muscogee County schools. It's the district's official verification day.

"That's where parents and students report to school and they can maintain or get their schedules, pay their dues and fees, get their bus passes, and get lockers assigned. Sometimes many of the schools go through different orientation processes with their students by grade level," says Fuller.

Some schools like Britt David Elementary Magnet Academy gave parents who work during the day an opportunity to come the night before and get their children registered early.  Britt David principal, Clara Davis, says parents should start getting their kids mentally prepared for their schedules to change in a few days, "I would advise them to start early, start getting them to bed a little bit earlier, even now, and then we'll be in school for two days, and then over the weekend continue that, so maybe that will be a smooth transition to the new school year."

One difference for middle school parents to be aware of is the school start times for their children are changing to 8:50 AM, which is ten minutes earlier than last year.

If a family has moved since this time last year or they are new to the district, officials strongly encourage them to get registered.  They'll need proof of residency, which is a current utility bill and a lease or home contract. Vaccination records and previous report cards are also required.

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