New Middle School Opens at Beginning of School Year for Year-Round Students in Wake County ::


– Drivers may notice more school buses and children at bus stops Thursday morning as Wake County’s first wave of students begin the new school year.

Year-round Wake County Public School students return to class Thursday.

Pupils in Path 1, Path 2 and Path 3 all start school on July 7.

Thursday, July 28 is an early release day. Track 4 students will return to school on July 29, when Track 3 is complete.

Some students will walk through the doors of a brand new school on Thursday when Herbert Akins Road Middle School opens in Fuquay-Varina

Principal Anne Marie Adkins said the all-new building features high-end amenities, three floors of classrooms, labs and workspaces, interactive touchscreen whiteboards and open collaboration spaces in the hallways. .

According to Adkins, Herbert Atkins has about 85 staff members from different schools in Wake County and visiting teachers from two other counties. Some staff left the state to work at the school.

Adkins said his team is ready to build a new community here with students.

“When you have a strong team and find those commonalities and how to support each other, you can really deal with whatever comes our way,” Adkins said.

All drivers should be prepared for more traffic on the roads and drive slowly in school zones. Here are some helpful tips and reminders.

Track your child’s school bus route

Schools in Wake County and across the state are facing a shortage of school bus drivers, which can cause delays.

Families in Wake County can use the This is the Bus app follow their child’s school bus. Register online. You can also track the status of a school bus on the WCPSS website.

Drivers, know when to stop for school buses

Every year, children are injured or killed when drivers don’t stop or slow down for buses.

Most of us know that all vehicles must stop for school buses on two lane roads, even if there is a turning lane.

Confusion often comes when there are four lanes. If a four-lane road has no median, everyone in both directions must stop. If that four-lane road has something in the middle, whether it’s a center turn lane or some kind of median, only drivers behind and beside the bus should stop.

Drivers heading in the opposite direction can continue to travel.

Those who break the law can receive a $500 fine and points on their license.

Meal prices are rising

Several school systems in the region, including those in Wake, Durham and Johnston counties, are raising school lunch prices.

The Wake County Public School System is raising prices for all meals by $0.25, to $3 or $3.25 for lunch and $1.50 or $1.75 for breakfast, depending on the school level.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, meals were free for all students. Students can always request a free or reduced lunch.

All students can find free meals during the summer using this list.

For students who owe school lunch bills, the menu is much smaller

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