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Franklin County, Pa., schools off to smooth start

August 26, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Mowrey Elementary School first-grade teacher Tiffany Corl, right, helps J. Minnick break in his new crayons Monday morning on the first day of school in Franklin County, Pa.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Thousands of public school students returned to school Monday in Franklin County, Pa.

“Everything is going extremely well. It’s just wonderful, smooth,” said Sherian Diller, superintendent of Waynesboro Area School District.

Waynesboro opened its doors to 4,493 students.

Waynesboro unveiled some changes to its dress code, and school officials said just one high school student violated it. The apparel rules are not as strict as the new ones in Chambersburg Area School District, where 9,553 students are enrolled.

Chambersburg students are only allowed to wear shirts of solid colors or patterns like stripes, paisley and plaid. They cannot wear most shirts with logos.

Very few infractions were reported the first day, district spokeswoman Tammy Stouffer said.

Chambersburg Area Senior High School officials told 50 to 60 students to change — by going home for new clothes, having someone bring clothing to school or putting on “spirit wear” provided by the school.

Stouffer said the first week is being treated as a transition, and clothing infractions are not being tracked for discipline.

Greencastle-Antrim School District, with 3,100 students, dealt with transportation issues that meant students arrived home late in the afternoon. Elementary and primary buses arrived at school five to 10 minutes late in the morning.

“We anticipated transportation problems because we had lost all of last year’s data, and it had to be put in by hand,” Greencastle-Antrim Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said.

Most of the issues arose because of situations in which students are picked up at one site and dropped off at another, he said.

The transportation problems should be fixed this week, Hoover said.

“Our theme for the year is moving forward. We believe we’re in the right place at the right time, but we want to move forward,” he said.

“Our focus is on improving and increasing student achievement,” said Charles Prijatelj, superintendent of the 2,600-student Tuscarora School District.

The children seemed to be excited about school starting, Prijatelj said. That included kindergartners, who did not have many tears, he said.

Open houses at elementary schools might have benefited kindergartners, Prijatelj said.

“I think that helps a lot,” he said.

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