South Bend kids head back to school

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Wednesday is back to school for South Bend students, and both parents and kids can look forward to changes in the district.

The School Corporation is excited to announce new communication technology tools for parents.

E-Link allows staff, students and parents to look up current and hypothetical bus information, including bus number, as well as pick up times and locations.

MyStop is a GPS system that gives parents and students the chance to track the movements of the student's bus in real-time. They will know when it is approaching or has been by the stop. The application can be used on a personal computer or smart phone.

School Messenger is a safety feature that allows staff to send messages to parents via phone call, text or e-mail, and parents are able to choose their preferred method of contact. Attendance messages will automatically be sent, but other messages such as emergencies, school closings, cancellations and event reminders can also be sent. School Messenger is accessed through Power School.

Power School is a way parents and students can go online and check grades, attendance, demographic information. Plus, they can track progress and grade history.

This year, all students are able to eat breakfast at no charge. Busing is now being offered to students at Perley Elementary and Dickinson Intermediate. Plus, the school launched a new agri-science program at Greene Intermediate and a criminal justice program at high schools.

Adams, Clay and Riley high schools have switched to a seven-period day.

For transportation questions, call (574) 283-7852.

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