It’s as sure a sign of changing seasons as are falling leaves, shorter days and the Pinedorado parade: Students at Cambria schools head back to campus Wednesday, Aug. 26, to start the 2015-16 school year.
With the departure of last year’s larger-than-average fifth-grade group, now heading to middle school, student census rates flip-flopped somewhat, with Cambria Grammar School’s estimated student count down to an estimated 280 youngsters this year from about 315 last year, and Santa Lucia Middle School’s estimated starting count at 173, up from 158 last year. Jonathan Sison, principal of Coast Union High School, estimated his census would be the same as last year, 230 students, including Helene Hansen, an exchange student from Denmark.
However, as usual, those numbers could fluctuate somewhat by opening day and in the week or so following, according to the schools’ staffers.
Leffingwell High School officials expect to start toe 2015-2016 school year with 15 students, according to new secretary-registrar Sarah Joller.
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This year, all Cambria Grammar School students will share the same starting time for each day (8:15 a.m.), after years of having a split schedule with a slight gap between arrival times for younger and older students.
Start times at the other schools remain the same, as do the abbreviated “early release” schedules on Wednesdays for all campuses.
The YMCA of San Luis Obispo County will continue to offer after school programs at the grammar and middle schools.
Safety officials remind drivers to be extra aware when going through school zones or areas in which students are apt to be. Some young people may be more distracted as they adapt to their new routines.