Across Juneau, Elmer's glue and No. 2 pencils are being purchased and lunch boxes are being called into service after a summertime hiatus as about 5,400 students prepare to start another school year on Wednesday.
There are a few things schools want students and parents to be aware of before heading to the classroom.
Freshmen at Juneau-Douglas High School, which is undergoing considerable renovations, have the most to contend with as they try to make their way through unfamiliar halls, with regular routes from class to class complicated by construction.
"We will have adults wearing bright vests stationed inside the building, and they will have plenty of maps," said Laury Roberts Scandling, an assistant principal at JDHS.
Freshmen also should remember that all of the core services, such as the counseling and activities offices, are housed in the Marie Drake building. Despite the construction, the high school gyms will be open, as will the library, she said. The auditorium will be closed until spring.
"For kids these logistics make a huge difference, and we like to make it as pleasant as possible," she said.
Scandling reminds all students that they should go to their third-period class in the morning of their first day, and prepare for a four-period block schedule. There will be a single lunch period, with lunch served in the Marie Drake building, she said.
Scandling discouraged students from driving to school because they must find parking on residential streets, which is sometimes difficult, tempting students to park cars illegally. Officials at neighboring Harborview Elementary reiterated Scandling's request, saying that high school students may not park in the Harborview parking lot. There will be someone from the high school monitoring parking and writing tickets, Scandling said.
JDHS students must have a schedule, ID, and current immunizations before going to class. Unregistered students may register on the first day, she said.
At Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Principal Les Morse wanted to assure parents that all the damage caused by this summer's vandalism incidents has been repaired.
"We're all cleaned up and ready to go," he said.
Morse also wanted to remind students that on the first day, sixth graders in Cedar and Alder houses must report to the gym, while sixth graders in Spruce and Hemlock begin their day in the commons. He also said parents and students should be aware that fall sports - volleyball and cross-country - begin right away, so interested students should be prepared to start practice immediately.
At Floyd Dryden Middle School, Principal Tom Milliron said parents can pick up school supply lists at Kmart and Fred Meyer. All Floyd Dryden sixth-graders begin their day in the gym, he said, and a list of homeroom teachers will be posted on the front door.
The routine at area elementary schools will remain the same as it has been every year, principals said.
"Eat breakfast, dress for the weather and be on time. Our tardy bell rings at 8 a.m.," said Karen MacDonald, principal at Mendenhall River Community School. "If I could call all 520 of our families, that's what I would tell them."
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