Back to school resources are plentiful

Online and printed lists for school supplies, bus schedules and more can be found in multiple locations

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner and that, of course, means that a new school year is starting soon.

As the first day approaches, parents can lean on a variety of resources to help them prepare their children, whether it is obtaining the correct school supplies, figuring out which bus to ride, learning school lunch details or just knowing what time and what day to arrive.

School doesn’t necessarily start on the same day for all students, as students in certain grades begin the school year later in the week. Grades 1-6 start school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, as do freshmen at Crook County High School. On Wednesday, grades 7 and 8 begin school at Crook County Middle School and sophomores, juniors and seniors have their first day.

Kindergarten students, by contrast, start school on different days than the rest. Members of Group A attend school on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8 and 9, while Group B students go to school on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, all kindergarten students attend school and continue a typical full-day schedule going forward.

Parents of kindergartners will learn which group their students belong to during kinder conferences, which are scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 7. Schools will call each parent to arrange a conference time.

School day start times also vary depending on school. For example, Crook County High School classes begin at 8 a.m., while the start of the Crook County Middle School day is 8:05. Barnes Butte Elementary School begins its day at 7:55 a.m., and Crooked River Elementary begins its school day at 8:05 a.m. Parents can drop off their students at Barnes Butte Elementary at 7:30 a.m. or later and Crooked River Elementary students can arrive at 7:40 a.m. or after.

Those parents seeking school supply lists or bus schedules can turn to multiple resources. The Central Oregonian publishes a Back to School special that provides school supply lists for each local school as well as a complete bus schedule. Parents can pick up the publication at the Central Oregonian office or at the school district transportation office.

School supply lists can also be found on the website for each local school. Go to the Crook County School District website ( to find links to each school’s website. The school district website also provides links to fee information, school lunch details and more. Click on the “parent resources” tab at the top of the page.

In addition to these resources, many of the Crook County schools are hosting open house events where parents and students can stop by and ask questions and pick up important information. Three local open house events are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31. Crooked River Elementary is hosting its open house from 3 to 6 p.m., while Barnes Butte Elementary’s event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Crook County Middle School offers its open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Brothers Elementary will host an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. and Powell Butte Community Charter School is inviting people to an open house and ice cream social on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Finally, Paulina Elementary is hosting a pancake breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 8 a.m.

Even with all of these options, parents are always invited to simply stop by their child’s school or give them a call to find out whatever they need to know.

“We are always open to questions,” said Crooked River Elementary Principal Cheri Rasmussen.