What’s new for Back to School in Palm Beach County?

School starts on Monday, August 15, and the School District of Palm Beach County has some changes for the 2016-2017 school year.

Bell times:  
Middle schools will begin 30 minutes later this year. Most middle school bell times are 9:30 a.m to 4:05 p.m.

Regional Offices:

This is the first school year with new Regional Offices, Regional Superintendents and Instructional Superintendents. District leaders have worked throughout the summer to train and prepare schools and focus on the District’s Strategic Plan initiatives.

Increased focus on Reading and Math:
District elementary school teachers have been fully trained on i-Ready, a $5.3 million investment in a personalized learning program for English Language Arts (ELA – reading and writing) and math that adapts to each student’s needs, monitors their progress and provides individualized and supplemental instruction to students.

Select students in grades 3 through 5 can now participate in the District’s Accelerated Math Program (AMP), which allows students who perform above grade level to progress to more advanced math levels.

School Food Services:
School Food Services has added new items to the menu this year including:
• Asian green beans
• Spanish rice
• Beef & Bean Fiesta Burrito
• Italian Sub Combo (Freshly made Sub w/ baked chips)
• Ham & Cheese Sub Combo (Freshly made Sub w/ baked chips)
• Turkey & Cheese Sub Combo (Freshly made Sub w/ baked chips)
• Pepper Jack Mini Cheeseburger Twins
• Romaine lettuce will replace iceberg lettuce in salads to increase nutritional value

The menus are continually updated reflect what students are eating at home and the types of foods that they will enjoy eating while still providing healthy options.
Supper Program: School Food Service is expanding its Supper Program that provides free supper to students in aftercare programs. The program started in four schools during the 2014-2015 school year, serving 50,000 meals.
Last year it was expanded to 20 schools, served 337,000 meals and it will expand to more than 40 schools  this year.
Current schools will begin the supper programs the first day of schools. New schools to the program will begin serving supper on Oct. 4.
Actual enrollment as of Aug. 8:
• PK-12: 186,604,
• K-12:  182,484;
projected enrollment:
• PK-12: 194,143;
• K-12: 190,311
• 12,114 teachers have been hired. as of Aug. 8. 1,018 are new teachers.* Approximately 12,700 teachers expected once fully staffed.
Back to School Website:
Parents should visit the District’s Back to School website, PalmBeachSchools.org/backtoschool, for everything they need to prepare for the start of the year.

The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 183,000 students who speak 150 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the school district has nearly 21,000 employees, including more than 12,000 teachers. To learn more about the School District of Palm Beach County, visit www.palmbeachschools.org.

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