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Principal Update 8/23

Good evening Githens Raiders!  This is Ms. Major, 8th Grade Assistant Principal, with information regarding bus transportation, schedule changes, and carpool arrival and dismissal procedures.  Please listen carefully to all details.

DPS transportation is currently updating their database to ensure all bus information is as accurate as possible.  We have been told that all information should be up to date by Thursday, August 25.  Please log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account to make sure you have signed up for morning and/or afternoon bus transportation.  If you have any questions about bus transportation for your scholar, please visit the DPS transportation website.  To find your scholars’ bus assignment, route, and pickup/drop off information, please visit the Secure Bus Stop Information Service on the DPS transportation website.  All the information about how to download the app and sign up for a free account can be found by using the link that is provided in the email that accompanies this phone message.  If you are requesting that your scholar be dropped off at a different address other than what appears in PowerSchool, you must fill out a Bus Stop Appeal form.  Once the form has been turned in to our main office, we will submit the form on your behalf.  Please note, submission of appeals does not equate to automatic approval.  All transportation links are included in the email that accompanies this phone message.

Scholars can request an elective change from August 31 through September.  Drop/add forms will be available in the counseling office.  Scholars can request the change by completing the form with a parent signature, or by submitting an email request by a parent or guardian.  Requests will be honored whenever availability allows the change in schedule.

Attention carpool riders: Parents are allowed to drop off scholars by carpool at 8:10 to coincide when students may begin entering the building.  Parents may begin lining up in the carpool lane at 3:00 for dismissal.  Parents lining up prior to 3:00 will be asked to leave.  In an effort to ensure parents are not blocking traffic on Old Chapel Hill Road, Githens will adhere to dismissal procedures in the afternoon.  From 3:20 to 3:35, all families picking up 6th and 8th grade scholars should come through the carpool lane in the front of the building.  All families picking up 7th grade scholars should come to the bus parking lot beginning at 3:40 until 3:55.  The bus parking lot is located off of Southwest Durham Drive.  7th grade parents, you will not be able to come to the bus lot early.  We will not allow parents in the bus lot until all the buses are dismissed.  If you are picking up scholars in multiple grade levels, please come to the front carpool lane.  Any students that will be walking home must provide written consent to their grade level administrator.  Walkers will be dismissed at 3:20.    

We will continue to send out information all this week to ensure you are ready for the first day of school.  Have a great evening.

DPS Transportation Links:

Parent Resources Folder:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BkP-qkGTV78I7VqKWUpt6rnJv5WCnfPF?usp=sharing

PowerSchool Parent Portal:

https://www.dpsnc.net/Page/383

Lunch Application:

www.lunchapplication.com