The 2018/19 school year is starting up on September 4.
There are some changes on the way for the new year. All Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are switching to an all-day kindergarten program. Children will attend two or three full days days a week. Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) still has half days for kindergarten.
There are a few new schools that will also be opening for the new school year. EICS has St. Andre Bessette opening in Fort Saskatchewan. EIPS has Davidson Creek Elementary in Sherwood Park as well as a replacement school in Ardrossan.
"Both provide high quality learning environments that are essential for students' success," said Trina Boymook, chair of the EIPS board.
The school systems have tried to minimize the amount of supplies that children need for the new school year. Supply lists are shorter than they have been in previous years to make shopping easier for families.
Before the year starts, parents that already have arranged for their child to be on the bus should have gotten information about their bus route. They will also receive a call from their bus driver.
Parents that haven't made arrangements or haven't heard anything about their route should contact student transportation.
"Teachers and staff and administrators throughout the division are really excited and looking forward to seeing the kids come back this year and opening the door and getting ready to kick-start a great new year."