Enrollment Stable in District 281

Information for this school year from the sun post;

11,900 students expected to report for classes Sept. 6 in District 281

An estimated 11,900 Robbinsdale District 281 students are expected to show up for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Starting and ending times will be as follows:

– 7:20 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.: Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Cooper High School in New Hope and Highview Alternative School in Crystal.

– 8:05 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.: Plymouth and Robbinsdale middle schools.

– 9:20 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.: Forest and Neill elementaries in Crystal; Lakeview Elementary in Robbinsdale; Meadow Lake, Sonnesyn and Spanish Immersion schools in New Hope; Noble Elementary in Golden Valley; Northport Elementary in Brooklyn Center; and Zachary Lane Elementary in Plymouth.

Bus numbers and pick-up locations for every school-age child in District 281 will be mailed on postcards to students in grades K-12. Anyone who did not receive a postcard or requires further information may call 763-504-8107.

Robbinsdale Area Schools has begun a four-year phase out of transfer busing in middle and high school honors programs. However, busing still will be offered for the district’s Spanish Immersion program in New Hope and at Plymouth Middle School because they are magnet schools and programs. There will still be busing for incoming seventh- and eight-grade honors students for 2011-12.

Due to new United States Department of Agriculture guidelines for meals, lunch prices are increasing for 2011-12. Meals include a minimum of three entrée choices, two fruit and/or vegetable choices, whole grain bread and milk. Ala Carte items are available at secondary schools. Lunch is priced at $2.20 for elementary, $2.40 for middle school and $2.55 at high school. Reduced price meals are available at 40 cents to students who are eligible. For students who bring their own lunches, milks is 50 cents.

Breakfast, priced at $1.30, is available in every District 281 school building. It is free to those students eligible for free or reduced meals. Students receive confidential PIN numbers to access their pre-paid account. Menus are available on the district website at rdale.org (click Child Nutrition under the support services menu). Menus also are included in elementary and middle school newsletters.

By the first day of school, all students attending Robbinsdale Area Schools must be in compliance with the Minnesota immunization law that requires immunizations for diptheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), polio (OPV/IPV), measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox). Immunizations can be waived for medical reasons for families who are conscientiously opposed to immunizations.

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