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News Briefs: July 29, 2009

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By The Staff

 Bus routes

Shelby County Public Schools will mail its NOTEBOOK newspaper to each home in Shelby County on Aug. 6 so parents can have access to the bus routes. Posters will also be displayed at the schools. Students return to school August 13.

  Shelby teens donate blood

The American Red Cross has announced that one year after legislation was passed allowing 16-year-olds to donate blood, 2,911 pints of blood have been donated by Kentucky 16-year-olds. Eleven teens from Shelby County are among the 16-year-old donors. On average, each of those teens has donated at least twice since the legislation was enacted July 15, 2008.

"Youth play an important role in helping to ensure blood supplies are sufficient," said Lori Medley, Director of Donor Recruitment for the River Valley Blood Services Region. "By donating blood and encouraging others to give the gift of life, youth can help create a new generation of regular blood donors who are ready to take the place of those who can no longer give."

Kentucky is among only 30 states that now allow 16-year-olds to donate their lifesaving blood.

  SCHS student dates

Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley has announced the following dates for students: Senior Service Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; Junior Service Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; and Sophomore Service Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday.

  SCHS freshman orientation, open house

Rocket Institute, an orientation program for all incoming freshman, will be held at Shelby County High School on Aug. 5-6. Freshmen with last names ending A-L will attend on Aug. 5 and those with last names M-Z on Aug. 6.  The program will begin with breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at noon each day. If your child is planning to attend and you have not already returned the registration card, please fax or mail the card back to the high school by July 31.  If you need another card, please contact the Guidance Office at SCHS at 633-2344. 

Also on Aug. 6, SCHS will host an open house for all incoming freshman and their parents, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school's gymnasium.  Parents and freshmen students will have the opportunity to meet the principals, pick up class schedules and meet teachers.

  Daycare registration  

Because of state regulatory changes, Shelby County Public Schools' after-school programs were required to become licensed daycare facilities during the 2008-2009 school year.  Changes have been implemented for the 2009-2010 school year, stemming from visits to nearby daycare programs by and input from a group of parents representing each elementary school.

Registration for daycare slots opens today for students. Program brochures are available at Central Office and each elementary school that outline hours of operation (after-school) and costs (ranging from $40 to $60 weekly).

A $25 registration fee is due upon enrollment. A District Daycare Manager is being hired and can be reached at 633-5123. In the meantime, contact Central Office 633-2375 with questions. Registration forms should be submitted to the elementary school where your child will be enrolled in daycare.