JCPS students, parents’ guide for the start of the 2022-2023 school year

Classes at Jefferson County Public Schools begin this Wednesday, August 10. Here’s what students and parents need to know.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s back-to-school season across the Commonwealth, and for Jefferson County Public Schools, a new school year begins this week.

The 2022-2023 school year begins at JCPS schools on Wednesday, August 10.

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Here’s everything you need to know

School timetables, annual calendar

One of the most important things to note before the start of the school year is when the school day actually begins and when it ends.

According to JCPS, in most elementary schools, the hours are around 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Meanwhile, at most middle and high schools, hours are around 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

The first day of school is August 10 and the last day of school is currently scheduled for May 26.

Click here to see the complete calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.

Update and increased safety in schools

In his back-to-school speech last week, JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio said elementary, middle and high school security was updated and tightened.

16 sworn law enforcement officers will serve as school security officers. 14 district officers will also serve on the school system security team, for a total of 30 officers across JCPS.

COVID-19: Masks required as Jefferson County remains in ‘red’

Universal masking is required in all JCPS school buildings and on buses until the county is out of the high level of community spread.

According to the district’s website, JCPS will notify students and parents if masking is still required at the end of each week.

Click here for the latest news on COVID-19 in Jefferson County.

Some bus delays expected, JCPS is looking to hire more drivers

The district also faces an ongoing shortage of bus drivers.

Officials say there will be buses on Wednesday to get students to and from their homes, but some buses will have to cover other routes without a driver. At present, this represents approximately 70 routes.

Delays are to be expected, so the district asks parents to be patient.

“We have districts across America, states that actually employed the National Guard to drive buses last year,” Pollio said. “So this is an ongoing challenge and it will continue to be a challenge.”

He added that the district was actively seeking to hire more bus drivers, with 50 candidates selected.

Click here to see delays and impacted areas.

USDA Food Program Not Extended for JCPS, What Parents Should Do

Vital federal funds for a breakfast and lunch program are coming to an end.

The USDA has not extended waivers allowing schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, which has helped families in Kentucky for the past two years.

Although this specific program is ending, there are still opportunities for students to have access to meals.

“This year, some students at 9 schools not participating in the Community Eligibility Program will be required to pay for their meals,” said Julia Bowsher, JCPS Acting Director of Nutrition Services. “We are working closely with our staff and with school principals to ensure that households fulfill this request for free and reduced meals and we are certifying as many of these children as possible.”

If you need to register for the program, click here to find information on how to apply.

Nearly 300,000 meals have been served since classes ended in May. Currently, approximately 72% of students are eligible for meal benefits.

The new Wilkerson Elementary will not open on the first day of school

The opening of the new Wilkerson Elementary School was delayed after the building failed a required building inspection.

Students who were going to attend the new school on Wednesday will instead attend their first day at Watson Lane Elementary. The building will serve as a temporary learning space until the new school opens.

JCPS hopes the delays will only take a few weeks.

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