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Reported by janet_buglio@ipsd.org on 8/7/18

First Day of School
The first day of school is Tuesday, August 21. This year's school calendar is online at 2018-19 Calendar.

School Supplies
School supply lists for elementary and middle school students are online at School Supplies.

Transportation
Bus route information will be available in Home Access Center no later than August 13. Please know that the start of each school year brings with it the potential for some overcrowding on buses. During the first few weeks of school, especially on high school bus routes, rider counts fluctuate as students explore their various methods of transportation. We ask for your patience as bus drivers and school administrators take daily head counts of high volume routes and adjustments are made to route assignments. Please allow at least 10 minutes for a late bus before calling your school.

Answers to common transportation questions are online at FAQ. If you have further questions regarding transportation, please contact your school.

Bus Rider Reminders
BUS STOP TIMES: Your child’s route will be assigned an approximate pick-up and drop-off time. This time may change. Times can vary during the first week and usually a routine is established after the first two weeks.

STUDENT ID: Make sure your child has his or her student ID when riding the bus. It should include home and daycare information and bus letter/route on the back.
BUS STOP: Show your child where the bus stop is and how to walk home from the bus stop from all possible directions to avoid confusion.

WRONG BUS: Teach your child to tell the bus driver if they believe they are on the wrong bus. Have a conversation about what to do if they get off at the wrong stop or if someone is not home when they arrive. Make sure your child knows they should walk directly home after school unless an alternate plan was discussed. Parents may become worried if children simply stop to play at a neighbor’s house on their way home from the bus stop without letting parents know in advance.

RIDING ANOTHER BUS: Students are only allowed to ride their assigned bus. Friends riding with friends on an unassigned bus will not be allowed.

ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON THE BUS: Have a conversation with your child about making good choices about what can be brought on the bus. Hazardous materials of any kind will not be allowed and student discipline will occur.

Food Service
The district uses PushCoin for online payments. Payments can be made on a student's lunch account by sending cash or check (payable to IPSD 204) to the school office, or online at pushcoin.com. The District encourages all families to register at no charge at pushcoin.com where you can sign up for automatic alerts and view your student's lunch account. For a small processing fee, credit card payments can also be made directly to a student's account through PushCoin. Information on setting up your account is at PushCoin Help.

OrganicLife is the district's food service provider. OrganicLife meals are based on preparing food from "scratch" using basic ingredients rather than buying prepared meals. The company's philosophy is to combine the highest quality ingredients with chef-driven menus, embrace ecologically sound practices, and advocate for "greens, grains, and all things nutritious." The Chicago-based company strives to deliver restaurant quality meals. Menus can be found online.

Kindergarten Preview Day
All students registered to attend kindergarten in District 204 this fall are invited to attend the Annual Kindergarten Preview Day for information on transportation and food service from either 9 am to 12 pm or 1:30 to 4 pm on August 15 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Dr., Aurora. This is an opportunity to get information on student bus transportation, safe walk routes to school, and the school lunch program. Representatives from the Food Service and Transportation Departments will be available to answer questions. Kindergarteners who will ride the bus are encouraged to get their bus ID badge during the event. For walkers, safety officials will be available to share information on safe walk routes.

Health Services Reminder
The Health Services Department reminds parents that required State of Illinois health examinations and immunizations can be found at Health Services Info. Information was also included in this year's registration packet. Per State law, if requirements are not met, students will be excluded from school starting on October 15, 2018.

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