"This was the first day they had this volume of traffic to work with. They're fixing it now," Knight said.
At the beginning of the school year, many elementary school students are walked out to their buses to make sure they understand the transportation process, Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael said. The process can delay afternoon bus runs in the entire system, he said.
At North Hagerstown High School, as many as 100 students might have had to wait about 25 minutes for buses due to the extra time that was taken to acclimate students to buses at elementary schools, Principal Valerie Novak said.
"It happens every year. It will probably happen tomorrow," Novak said.
Other issues Wednesday included a morning tractor-trailer fire on Halfway Boulevard near Interstate 81 that caused delays on a few bus routes, schools spokesman Richard Wright said. The delays were not a major problem, he said.
The school district expects to have about 22,100 students this year, according to school officials.
About half of the redistricting changes approved by the Board of Education in February began this year, affecting about 400 children, Michael said.
The rest of the redistricting changes will start in August 2011, when Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School opens. The new Antietam Academy is expected to open in January.
As of Tuesday, the school system's transportation department had 847 applications from parents who wanted to change where their children are picked up or dropped off by buses, Michael told Washington County Board of Education members Tuesday night.
Bus officials were working extra hours to process those forms as quickly as possible, Michael said. He reminded parents that it takes at least 10 working days to get the forms processed.
More forms were expected to be submitted, he said.
School board officials also reminded drivers to be cautious as the school year begins as children are walking to and from their bus stops and schools.
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