The first day of school for all Forest Hills students in grades one through 12, except Anderson High School, is Sept. 5. District administrators announced on August 24 that AHS will open on Sept. 11 due to construction.
“While we have diligently been working toward a Sept. 5 opening for every FHSD school, on August 23, contractors shared that the summer phase of work at Anderson will not be completed on time. Unlike other district schools, the AHS project included extensive electric, power and water tie-ins; exterior parking renovations; and relocation of the transportation office located on the AHS campus,” explained Scot T. Prebles, superintendent. “I am extremely excited about the internal and external changes at Anderson High School. During the summer months the building has undergone a significant transformation, but we will delay school by four school days in the best interest of our students and faculty to create a safe and seamless beginning to the 2017-18 school year. When complete, the comprehensive renovations throughout the district will provide the learning environments our students deserve.”
Since the Forest Hills student calendar and length of day schedule far exceed state-required minimums, the delayed start for Anderson will not affect previously scheduled days off, breaks, graduation or the last day of school. It will also not affect the Anderson project completion date in 2019 and will leave a bank of hours to provide for inclement weather days, if needed.
“We thank our students, parents, staff and neighbors for their understanding and support as well as Anderson Township Zoning, Anderson Fire and Rescue, Cincinnati Bell, Spectrum Cable, Duke Energy and Hamilton County Planning and Development Department. Without their generous and frequent cooperation, the massive amount of work completed would not have been possible,” said Prebles.
Kindergarten students will begin phase-in to school on either Sept. 6 or 7. For years, Forest Hills has used a staggered start for kindergarten, preschool and Head Start students to help them transition to the school environment. Teachers will notify parents of their child’s starting date and time. All kindergarten students will then report to school on Sept. 8.
Preschool and Head Start students will also begin a phase-in school on either Sept. 6 or 7. Preschool teachers will notify parents of their preschooler’s starting date and time; Hamilton County Educational Service Center will notify parents of Head Start beginning dates and times. All preschool and Head Start students will then report to school on Sept. 11. Preschool is held at Sherwood Elementary and Summit Elementary; Head Start is held at Mercer Elementary.
Food service and transportation will be in operation beginning Sept. 5.