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270,000 BCPS Students Head Back to School on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - Superintendent Welcomes Students on the First Day of School

August 12, 2019

270,000 BCPS Students Head Back to School on Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Wednesday, August 14, 2019, marks the official end to summer vacation as more than 270,000 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students head back to school to begin the 2019/20 school year.

To launch the new school year, BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie will visit several schools welcoming students, parents, teachers and staff to an exciting new school year. The Superintendent begins his day at the South Area Bus Terminal in Pembroke Pines at 5:30 a.m., as school bus drivers arrive to prepare to meet over 73,000 student riders across the District.

With more than 1,200 school buses and 1,000 routes, BCPS has one of the largest transportation fleets in the country and has the largest propane fleet in Florida with 225 buses. All buses have a GPS system and a new 400 MHz two-way radio system. 

The Superintendent’s day will include lunch with students at Coral Springs Pre-K-8. He will also be joined by members of the Miami Marlins and Billy the Marlin to welcome students at several schools.

In addition, the Miami Marlins will join representatives from the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation and Broward Education Foundation for back to school supplies distributions at the following schools: 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

9:30 a.m.                    
Walker Elementary School
1001 NW 4th Street
Fort Lauderdale 33311
(Media Opportunity)

12:30 p.m.                 
Bethune Elementary School
2400 Meade Street
Hollywood, 33020

Thursday, August 15, 2019

10:30 a.m.                 
Oakridge Elementary School
Hollywood, 33020  

Note: Click here to view the Superintendent's First Day of School Visits schedule.







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