Thousands of Wake County students exchanged beach towels for textbooks Monday as they started classes at year-round schools. Nearly 42,000 students are expected to attend 49 year-round schools, including three that opened Monday -- Laurel Park, Mills Park and Sycamore Creek elementary schools.
Year-round students have a much shorter summer vacation than their peers at traditional-calendar schools. The first day of school for those on traditional calendars is Aug. 25.
"It's a little different going back to school right after July Fourth," said Nicole Locke, whose son, Ian, is a kindergarten student at Sycamore Creek Elementary School in North Raleigh.
Unlike Laurel Park and Mills Park, Sycamore Creek's campus wasn't ready Monday. Sycamore Creek students are temporarily using the campus at Hilburn Drive Elementary School. Sycamore Creek should be ready Aug. 18, allowing students to relocate before Hilburn reopens Aug. 25.
School officials did not report any significant problems. They are asking parents to be patient with their children's bus service as officials spend the first two weeks finalizing transportation routes.
Parents who have questions about bus service can send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact their area transportation manager.
At year-round schools, students attend 180 days of classes, just as students at traditional schools do. Students go to class for nine weeks and then take breaks of three weeks.