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Franklin Regional won't disclose class lists, bus schedules

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

There will be an element of surprise on the first day of classes for Franklin Regional elementary students.

For the first time, elementary students' class assignments won't be published in a newspaper or made available online, Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said.

District officials have opted to remove class lists and bus schedules from the Franklin Regional website in the interest of privacy, she said.

“Those are need-to-know things,” Reljac said. “(Parents) don't really need to know where other students are. In grades six through 12, we never send home who was in your math class.”

Reljac said she heard parent worries at PTO meetings last year about bus schedules being published publicly. It's a justifiable concern, she said.

“Everyone was told where our students were and at what time — and at bus stops, there isn't always adult supervision,” Reljac said. “There was a concern of safety for students. Because of the nature of our communities, some students are picked up at homes. So a lot of addresses and times were listed online of when people were leaving home.”

Neither list will be released privately either, Reljac said. Students will find out who is in their class when they walk into the room on Aug. 25. Parents will receive elementary room assignments and personal bus information in the mail next week, while kindergarten parents will receive room assignments this week because of a meet-and-greet session next week.

The process is very common in other districts, Reljac said.

“Each parent should know where their students are,” she said. “That's what we're going to focus on — where their students are.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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