WCPS Welcomes Back Thousands of Students

School is now in session for all Wayne County Public Schools students. On Monday, August 27, twenty-nine schools operating on the Traditional Academic Calendar kicked off their first day of classes.

“Our administrators and staff have spent the past two months gearing up for this week, and the thousands of students who returned to our classrooms were a welcome site,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS Superintendent. “For the most part, our schools experienced a smooth first day of school. As typically occurs during the first week of school, we saw some slowdowns in the car rider line and some scattered bus delays around the district.” 

Outside of the typical issues, one school did report a highly unusual delay for one of its buses.

“Due to a series of unexpected driver issues, some students on a Northwest Elementary bus arrived home more than three hours late,” adds Dr. Dunsmore. “Essentially, the original driver was absent, causing the bus to be delayed until a replacement driver could pick up the route. Once on their way, the sub-driver began to experience an asthma attack and stopped at Fremont STARS Elementary to get assistance. The bus had to be stopped until a second sub driver could arrive to complete the route.” 

Each year, Wayne County Public Schools closely monitors enrollment for the first ten days of schools. The official August 27 enrollment numbers for the 2018/2019 school year reflect that the district’s headcount reached 17,374. This time last year, the district had an enrollment of 17,648 students. Over the next nine days of school of the traditional calendar, the 2017/2018 enrollment grew to 18,572 students, a trend that is expected to occur again this year.

Students of the three schools which operate on the district’s Non-Traditional Calendar (Goldsboro High, Wayne Early/Middle College High School, and Wayne School of Engineering) returned August 6.

Click on Enrollment to see a school by school comparison of the district’s enrollment from this time last year.

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