Bay County Prepares for Back to School

Bay County students have less than a month before school starts back.

In addition to online registration, the school board has implemented several other policy changes.

Bay County School Board Member Steve Moss says, "There are a dozen, probably more schools that as we speak are on those campuses doing improvements whether it's adding modulars, renovating classrooms, adding new walkways, or covered walkways, or roofing projects. There's more construction now going on this summer than probably the history of our districts."

More than $10 million is being spent to renovate, refurbish, and install new equipment.

Mowat Middle and Bay High are seeing about $1.5 dollars worth of construction each.

But Bay High School students will see these changes 30 minutes later than they would this time last year thanks to another policy change.

Moss adds, "Lots of studies [are] out there that say that high schoolers and their brains, believe it or not, do not get going until later in the mornings. Some of them do have part-time jobs, they're getting to bed a little bit later than normal but their biological clock doesn't really get going and their brain doesn't get firing until later in the day."

Another change this year that some parents might be surprised about: School board members are going to ban non-FDA approved E-cigarettes.

Some principles are saying students are now bringing them on campus as tobacco product substitutes.

Bay County School Board Member Ginger Littleton says, "Their popularity is increasing by leaps and bounds, and people smoking cigarettes on campus, now we have a new kind of cigarette to smoke and we just added that to our policy."

But not every new policy for the 2013-2014 school year is a restrictive measure.

In a 3-2 vote, school board members approved un-tucked shirts.

Littleton says, "Anytime we divert our attention from educating children, then we're losing valuable time. Keeping kids tucked in is an everyday, all day, extraordinarily energy-intensive thing for administrators to do."

Some school board members, like Steve Moss, are still against the relaxed uniform rules, but administrators say if the dress code becomes too sloppy, they'll reevaluate.


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