HCCSC students back in class in less than two weeks from now

Graphic provided.

Huntington County Community School students will be back in class in less than two weeks.

The first day of school for HCCSC students is Friday, Aug. 5, a return that is eight days earlier than last fall’s start date.

The earlier return is part of a “modified balanced calendar” approved last December by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees. The 2016-17 school calendar, which appears in today’s TAB, includes a week-long fall break for students, two weeks off at Christmas and the possibility of a two-week-long spring break.

Although students return on Aug. 5, teachers will be in their classrooms two days earlier, Aug. 3 and 4.

Fall break for students is a week long, Oct. 10 through 14. However, teachers are scheduled to be in attendance on Oct. 14, the Friday of that week.

Christmas break for students runs from Dec. 22 through Jan. 3, with students returning to classes on Jan. 4. Teachers are scheduled to report back on Jan. 3.

While spring break is scheduled for April 3 through 7, all five days of the previous week — March 27 through 31 — are designated as snow make-up days. Those are the only snow days built in to the calendar. Classes will be held on those days only if needed to make up for snow days earlier in the school year.

The last day of classes for the 2016-17 school year is May 24, identical to the end date for the 2015-16 school year. The last day for teachers is May 25.

Here’s what HCCSC families need to know to get ready for the start of the school year.

Parents and guardians are asked to register their returning students online at www.hccsc.k12.in.us. Click on the “Student Registration” link.

All schools will be open for student registration on Wednesday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

School meals
Breakfast tickets are $1.20 for all students in elementary, middle or high school, and $1.50 for adults.

Lunch tickets are $2.20 for elementary students, $2.50 for middle and high school students, and $3.10 for adults.

Daily menus, along with applications for free and reduced price meals, are available at www.hccsc foodservice.com. Parents can also use the website to set up and make payments to an online lunch money account.

Textbook fees
Fees for textbook rental, science and technology vary by grade and include an optional break/fix fee covering damage to iPads and MacBooks.

The maximum total fees by grade, including the optional break/fix fee, are:

Kindergarten — $132.92.

First grade — $144.08.

Second grade — $132.01.

Third grade — $130.06.

Fourth grade — $125.41.

Fifth grade — $123.82.

Sixth grade — $285.61.

Seventh grade — $286.78.

Eighth grade — $285.39.

MoMH and SMH, kindergarten through eighth grade — $55.

Parents will receive transportation information when students are registered for school.

The transportation department will also post bus routes online at hccsc.k12.in.us; choose “Departments,” then “Transportation.”

Bus routes and pick-up times may change as new students register; changes may occur even after the school year has started. Updates are posted on the HCCSC Transportation Facebook page.

Delays and closings
Families can learn about school delays and closings on several radio and television stations, including television stations WPTA, WKJG, WANE and WFFT and radio stations WOWO, WMEE, WQHK, WBYR, WBTU, WBCL, WAJI and WLDE.

Parents can also sign up to receive text messages through School Messenger. To sign up, send a text to 67587 and type the word “YES” in the message. Those receiving messages can opt out at any time by replying with “STOP.”

Notices about delays and closings are also posted on the school corporation website at www.hccsc.k12.in.us, the school corporation and transportation department Facebook pages and on the school corporation Twitter account.

Your school
Here are the addresses, phone numbers, principals and regular start/end times for individual schools:

Andrews Elementary School, 509 E. Jefferson St., Andrews; 786-3021; Principal Amy Rudolf; first bell at 8:30 a.m., dismissal at 3:40 p.m.

Flint Springs Elementary School, 1360 E. Tipton St., Huntington; 356-7612; Principal Aimee Lunsford; first bell at 7:30 a.m., dismissal at 2:30 p.m.

Lancaster Elementary School, 2932W-300S, Huntington; 468-2816; Principal Allison Holland; first bell at 8:45 a.m., dismissal at 3:40 p.m.

Lincoln Elementary School, 2037 E. Taylor St., Huntington; 356-2914; Principal Ashley Ransom; first bell at 7:30 a.m., dismissal at 2:30 p.m.

Northwest Elementary School, 4524W-800N, Huntington; 344-1455; Principal Mark DuBois; first bell at 8:55 a.m., dismissal at 3:40 p.m.

Roanoke Elementary School, 423 W. Vine St., Roanoke; 672-2806; Principal Chris Tillett; first bell at 8:55 a.m.; dismissal at 3:40 p.m.

Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren; 468-3096; Interim Principal Dawn Morgan; first bell at 8:45 a.m., dismissal at 3:45 p.m.

Crestview Middle School, 1151W-500N, Huntington; 356-6210; Principal Chuck Werth; first bell at 7:22 a.m., dismissal at 2:45 p.m.

Riverview Middle School, 2465 Waterworks Rd., Huntington; 356-0910; Principal Curt Crago; first bell at 7:10 a.m., dismissal at 2:45 p.m.

Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., Huntington; 356-6104; Principal Russ Degitz; first bell at 7:40 a.m., dismissal at 3:05 p.m.