Back to school time Students return to classrooms Tuesday, Sept. 2 |

Back to school time Students return to classrooms Tuesday, Sept. 2

The fleet of yellow school buses with freshly polished chrome is a sign that summer is coming to a close.

The usual bustle of parents picking up and dropping off their children at the curbside in their fleets of minivans and sport utility vehicles will soon become an all too familiar scene in front of Truckee and Tahoe schools.

Laughing children will be heard playing in school yards and the occasional wale of a child with a scuffed-up knee will become music to the masses, like the old favorites during the holiday season.

First day of school

Tuesday, Sept. 2, the school bells will ring and the 5,025 students will filter in through school doors and rush to their classrooms with hurried apprehension.

Summer’s over, but school and the fun of educating the community’s children have just begun. School officials say they are prepared.

This year, more than half of the district’s students will be bused to and from school in 37 school buses, of which six are specially equipped to transport special education students.

Once the students reach school, they will be greeted by 350 teachers, 31 of whom are new to the district.

TTUSD Superintendent Vince Deveney said the district is complying with classroom-reduction requirements for kindergarten through third grade with a 20-1 ratio of students to teachers.

In an attempt to alleviate classroom overcrowding, 29 new portable classrooms will be delivered to the district. The classrooms will be installed at the following schools: 15 at Truckee Elementary, one at Sierra Mountain Middle, six at Glenshire Elementary, five at Kings Beach Elementary and two at Tahoe Lake Elementary.

The new classrooms will bring the number of portables to 80.

“As usual we are excited to begin another year,” Deveney said. “Every year brings something new.”

Although each school calendar is different because of parent conferences and other special days, the end of the school year is only 40 weeks away, that is if there are no snow days to be made up at the end of the year.

In total, the school year provides 180 days of education, fun and friends.

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