<bt>The school times for the 2005-2006 school year are as follows:
Abingdon, Campbell, Carlin Springs and Claremont elementary schools will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:41 p.m. Early release days will end at 12:26 p.m.
Arlington Traditional, Barrett, Long Branch and Randolph elementary schools will begin at 8:25 a.m. and end at 3:06 p.m. Early release days will end at 12:51 p.m.
Arlington Science Focus, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Drew, Glebe, Henry, Hoffman-Boston, Jamestown, Key, McKinley, Nottingham, Oakridge, Taylor and Tuckahoe elementary schools will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:41 p.m. Early release days will end at 1:26 p.m.
Gunston, Jefferson, Kenmore, Swanson and Williamsburg middle schools will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:24 p.m. with a "late" bus running at 4:21 p.m. Early release days will end at 11:54 a.m.
Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown high schools will begin at 8:19 a.m. and end at 3:01 p.m. Early release days will end at 12:21 p.m.
H-B Woodlawn Secondary and Stratford Programs will begin at 9:24 a.m. and end at 4:06 p.m. Early release days will end at 1:36 p.m.
The High School Continuation Program (Langston and Arlington Mill) will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:42 p.m.
The complete school calendar, which identifies early release days and other school holidays, is available at www.arlington.k12.va.us/about/downloads/calendar_2005-2006.pdf and will be sent home with all APS students in their First Day Packets.
<bt>Arlington school cafeterias provide breakfast and lunch each school day. Prices are as follows:
Breakfast - $1
Reduced-price breakfast - 30 cents
Elementary lunch - $2
Abingdon, Randolph, and Taylor lunch - $2.30
Middle, High and Secondary lunch - $2.30
Reduced-Price Lunch - 40 cents
Students may deposit money into their individual accounts in any amount and use the money for lunch, breakfast and/or a la carte items, where available. The cashier at school will notify the student as the balance on the account decreases.
Lunch menus are posted at www.arlington.k12.va.us/finance/food_serv/menus.
Registration: Children who were born in the United States and for whom English is the first language should register at the neighborhood school they will attend. Students born abroad or for whom English is a second language should register at the Intake Center by calling 703-228-7663 to make an appointment. A list of requirements for registration is available at www.arlington.k12.va.us/options/register/neighborhood_schools.shtml.
<bt>Parents will have the opportunity to meet their children's teachers and other school staff, learn more about the instructional program, and find out how to become involved with the school and in their children's education.
Elementary: Sept. 21
Middle: Sept. 27
H.B. Woodlawn: Sept. 28
High: Sept. 29
<bt>Arlington Superintendent Robert Smith will answer questions live online on Sept. 8 from noon-1 p.m. Smith will be available to answer questions about Arlington Public Schools, the upcoming school year and other issues facing the school system. To participate in the online discussion, click on the "Live Discussions" tab at www.washingtonpost.com. Citizens who will not have the opportunity to be online during the discussion may submit questions as early as Sept. 5 by visiting www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/schedule. Click on Thursday, Sept. 8, and select “Noon: Back to School (Arlington Superintendent Robert G. Smith).”
<bt>Bus routes are posted at www.arlington.k12.va.us/facilities/transport/busroutes.shtml.
First Day Packets will be sent home with all APS students.
The School Information Center can be reached at 703-228-7660.