ALACHUA COUNTY ‒ It may be only the middle of July, but back to school is just around the corner. In Alachua County, some 28,000 public school students head back to the classroom on Wednesday, Aug. 10—only four weeks away.

With the new school year fast approaching, parents may be feeling a bit overwhelmed, especially if their student is moving into middle or Today Staff Report

high school. To help ease the transition and answer any questions, the Alachua County School District is inviting families of students who will be entering either 6th or 9th grade in the upcoming school year to attend special workshops with information to help them make the move to either middle or high school. Their students are also encouraged to attend.

Both workshops will be held July 21 in the Gainesville High School Auditorium at 1900 N.W. 13th Street. The middle school session will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and the high school session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both sessions will feature school administrators and counselors from the relevant grade levels, who will share information and answer questions about credits, preparing for school, behavioral expectations and other important issues.

“After the pandemic and the challenging school years we’ve had, we thought it would be helpful to prepare families for what to expect before they arrive on campus,” said Dr. Anntwanique Edwards, the district’s Chief of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. “We want students and their parents to be more familiar with the middle and high school experience and requirements.”

The sessions have been organized by the Alachua County Public Schools’ Student Services Department and Parent Academy, which have been hosting parent workshops since January on topics ranging from mental health to internet safety to job skills.

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