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Back to school preps

The first day of school for the Pulaski County Special School District is just two weeks away. That means it's time to start getting ready.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The first day of school for the Pulaski County Special School District is just two weeks away. That means it's time to start getting ready.

The stress is building for the school district and for parents to make sure all the preparations are in place by August 20th.

Right now PCSSD is still trying to get students registered so they can figure out the bus routes. The district has 37 schools, and this year 17,000 students are attending. That's an enrollment increase of 1,000 students.

Deb Roush, PCSSD spokesperson, says the district has been working all summer to get ready and now is the final stretch. "We can't really create the bus routes until we know how many students are going to which schools, how many students are new, how many students are returning. That's why we're asking returning students to come in and update their information and let us know they for sure are coming back."

Mary Mumford is just about as excited as her granddaughter for the first day. "It's going to be hectic the next two weeks just trying to get everything together and be sure they have their clothes and all their supplies."

Her granddaughter, Tziporah Miles, is going into 8th grade at Fuller Middle School. "It's going to be a rush, but it's going to be awesome."

Mumford is registering Tziporah now because summer camp and out of town trips took up much of the summer break. Tziporah says she can't wait to go back to school.

Mumford says she's looking forward to having peace and quite around the house again, and has high hopes for good report cards. "Hopefully we can be a team with the teachers and get them to have a really successful year."

The bell schedule is different this year. It goes back to the original schedule when elementary students start and end earlier and secondary students start and end later. The reason for this is because there are not enough buses to get all 17,000 kids to class at the same time.

This weekend is a great time to do some back to school shopping because Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th is tax free on all back to school supplies.

PCSSD is also encouraging parents to get their kids on a bedtime routine now so they're used to the alarm clock when the first day rolls around.
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