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School bells ring here Thursday morning
School open houses are Wednesday
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Summer will still be in full effect this week but come Thursday, students in Liberty County must turn their thoughts from the pool to school. The first day of classes will be previewed by open houses on Wednesday at district campuses, where parents can get to know the teachers and the expected routine.
“It’s a chance to come in and see whose class a child is in, and teachers will share some basic information about the things they’ll need for the class,” Button Gwinnett curriculum coordinator Merilee Cox said.
She said open houses are akin to a welcome event, and parents are encouraged to ask questions. The school nurse will be on-site at the open house to meet with parents as well.
Open houses for pre-K students will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and open houses for students in grades kindergarten through 12 will be from 3-6 p.m.
Principal Tom Alexander said Lewis Frasier Middle School’s open house also will function as an opportunity for students to pick up their schedules, get to know their teachers and receive an overview of the campus. He said parents should take the time to ask any questions they may have. “If they have any general concerns, the open house is a good time to let us know,” he said.
Alexander added that the school is promoting new online access features such as the Parent Portal, which parents can access to see their students’ grades in real time, and, where parents can prepay meal accounts and refill them when they run low.
“Schools ought to be user-friendly,” he said.
Both Thursday and Friday are full class days and students are expected to wear the required uniforms on both days, Cox said.  Elementary students may wear solid navy or khaki bottoms and jumpers with solid white or navy polo shirts, plus shirts of an additional solid color chosen by each school.
Middle school and high school students may wear solid khaki or navy bottoms and jumpers — black instead of navy at Liberty County High — and solid white polo and collared shirts, plus shirts of an additional solid color chosen by each school.
To help address school-related costs, families using the free and reduced school lunch program will be able to pay the same rate as last year for the first 30 days of school or until updated applications have been turned in, but the district encourages parents to submit applications as soon as possible.

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