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Big Changes In Store As Students Return To School

Posted August 15, 2003

— Thousands of students returned to the classroom Monday in several counties across North Carolina. For some, it just marked the end of the summer, but for others, going back to school meant big changes.

Summer is gone in Wake County just like the ABCs for some Wake County elementary schools. Teachers are replacing letter grades with a one through four number scale. Twenty-seven out of 80 Wake County elementary schools will use the new system. All are expected to use it the following year.

All but one Wake County high school is trying a new block schedule with fewer classes over a longer class period.

In Durham, some students could get failing marks for fashion. According to a new dress code, skimpy clothes are out for all girls and baggy pants are out for the boys. Plus, no one will be allowed to wear hats, hoods or bandanas inside schools.

This was also the first day for the state's fastest growing system. About 1,100 new students attend Johnston County public schools each year. Four new schools opened Monday to handle the crowds.

In Cumberland County, 50,000 students returned to the classroom. The system also added a new high school, Gray's Creek.

Students in the Nash-Rocky Mount school system also went back Monday. Orange County schools start Tuesday. Granville County buses get rolling on Wednesday.


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