Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Some students might not make it home until after 6 p.m.
Update 5:43 p.m. Aug. 21: Families of students delayed coming home from Hillsborough County Schools are receiving phone messages from the district. Magnet school buses are still running late. Earlier: The first day of school in Hillsborough County isn’t necessarily going off without a hitch. According to a Hillsborough County Schools media release, typical first-day delays have been added to thanks to the stormy weather. “Magnet buses did not clear the 40th Street transfer ramp until 4:55 p.m., so some students will not arrive home until after 6 p.m.,” the release said. How did the first day of school go for your kids? Let us know in the comments section.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies will be out in full force as kids make their way back to school on Tuesday.
Hillsborough County roadways will be heavy with traffic as children return to school on Tuesday. Motorists should be alert and drive with care as students take back the streets after a long summer. Drivers should be especially cautious as they approach intersections, with or without marked crosswalks, and pay particular attention to those areas that are designated as school crossings with the bright yellow signs. Hillsborough deputies will be heightening their patrols in school zones, as well as other roadways in the vicinity of schools. Fines for speeding in Hillsborough County school zones can exceed $500 and some have a mandated court appearance. Another major concern going into the new school year is school bus safety. Every year, …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The rules underscore the need for students to drink plenty of water and to be immediately pulled from play if they show signs of head injury.
Student athletes in Florida must have unrestricted access to water during workouts. Any student who shows signs of a possible concussion playing school sports must be immediately pulled from the game. These are some of the new rules that the state High School Athletic Association will be enforcing as the fall sports practice season kicks off. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) reminded schools this week of new standards to safeguard student athletes. Many of the new rules involve ensuring that students stay hydrated in the Florida heat and also are protected from the risks of associated with head injuries. The FHSAA’s director of athletics will conduct a workshop on the new safety requirements at a compliance seminar next…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Find the answer to the question, "Where is my kid's bus stop this year?"
Nothing says back to school like rising early and heading to the bus stop. Hillsborough County Schools released bus stop information today for the entire county, including Seminole Heights. Only regular run information is posted. Bus stops for alternative education, choice, exceptional student education, magnet, and the STAR Academy are not posted online. Parents will be notified of these bus stop locations through other avenues of communication. To check your child's times simply go to this link and click on your child's school, then download the document: www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/Transportation/routes.asp. If you have questions, contact Hillsborough County Schools Transportation Department at the numbers listed at this link: http://www.sdhc…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Shop for back-to-school this weekend and you won’t have to pay sales taxes.
Could your wallet use a little back-to-school spending break? The state of Florida is going to give it to you! This year’s tax-free weekend is coming up Aug. 3-5. During this time period, you can buy clothing and school supply items without having to pay sales taxes. According to the Florida Department of Revenue website, the tax breaks apply to most clothing items that sell for less than $75 and standard school supply items that cost under $15. “The exemption will apply no matter how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer,” the website says. The break does not apply to books or any clothing or supply items purchased at a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging business or airport. For a complete list of items that…
Want to know what Hillsborough County Public Schools officials recommend?
It’s almost time for the kids to head back to class and Hillsborough County public school officials want to make sure they’re ready and you are, too! With that in mind, Linda Cobbe, the school district’s spokeswoman, recently shared her Top 6 back-to-school tips for parents. Here’s what she recommends parents do in advance of that first bell on Aug. 21: For more information about getting ready for the first day of school, visit the district’s website.
Students will get out an hour early every Monday this school year.
Planning ahead for the upcoming start to the new school year? Be sure to prepare for a school day that’s an hour shorter every Monday. All Hillsborough County schools will release students early each Monday throughout the 2012-13 school year. This routine was put into place last year and the school district has decided to continue it again this year, said Linda Cobbe, district spokeswoman. “We started early release Mondays last school year to give teachers a little extra planning time since budget reductions required that all teachers have classes 6 out of 7 periods (middle and high),” Cobbe said. “Elementary teachers never had even that much planning time.” The district did have early release days in earlier school years, but they weren’t…
Take a peek at the calendar for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.
Summer’s coming to a close and the first bells are soon to ring on the 2012-13 school year. If you’re wondering just when kids in the Seminole Heights area will go back to class, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the calendar for the upcoming year: First day of school – Tuesday, Aug. 21, except for Rampello students who report Aug. 14. Note that start times vary by school. Check with your kids' individual schools for this information. Editor's note: Information for this post came from the Hillsborough County Public School's website.
Friday, August 12, 2011
The Sales Tax Holiday runs through Aug. 14. There are some big changes this year, higher-priced items qualify for a tax break.
Heads up parents: Here's something you need to know when planning your school shopping. Florida's 2011 Sales Tax Holiday is very different from last year's. This year, books will not be exempt, but price of eligible items has increased. The dates for the 2011 Sales Tax Holiday are Aug. 12-14. This year, no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $75 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less. Books are not included in this year's sales tax holiday. This is much different from last year's Sales Tax Holiday when the tax break for eligible clothing, footwear and accessories was $50 or less, and the tax break for eligible school supplies was $10 or less. Last year, …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Free physicals and immunizations will be given to school-aged children.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
From Hillsborough County Government Online: School is out, but not for long. Hillsborough County’s Department of Family and Aging Services is helping prepare students for the upcoming school year by teaming up with the Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County to host several Back to School Health Fairs. Free physicals and immunizations will be given to school-aged children entering Florida schools for the first time. In addition, Hillsborough County will provide free backpacks with school supplies. The Back to School Health Fair closest to Seminole Heights Patch readers will take place this Saturday at Sulphur Springs Health Center, 8605 N. Mitchell Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Immunizations will be offered to walk-ins, but not …