On August 23, 2023

Back to school guide: the ins, outs and must-haves for this school year


As the summer winds down and the fall season approaches, students and parents alike are preparing for the start of the new school year. Whether you’re a kindergartner stepping into the classroom for the first time or a high school senior getting ready to tackle your final year, the following information will help students as they enter the new school year.

From orientation schedules and opening day details to open house events and campus-specific information, local schools have planned for a smooth transition for students and their families. By attending orientation sessions, open houses, and special events, students can connect with their teachers and peers, setting the stage for a year of growth, learning, and exciting opportunities. 

Rutland City public schools all have slightly different schedules for the first day, orientations and open houses, described below.

Northeast Primary School

At Northeast Primary School, the school year is set to kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 30. However, kindergartners have a slightly different schedule. Kindergarten orientation days are scheduled for Aug. 30 and Aug. 31, with two sessions available: 9:15-11:15 a.m. or Noon-2 p.m. Parents should refer to the letter they received in early August to determine their assigned session. It’s important to note that on Friday, Sept. 1, there will be no school for kindergartners only. First-second-grade students will attend as regularly scheduled on that day. The following day, Monday, Sept. 4, is Labor Day with no school in session. Finally, kindergartners will begin full days on Sept. 5, with car rider drop-offs starting at 8:45 a.m., pick-ups at 3:10 p.m., and bus times outlined in busing letters.

On the first day of school, Aug. 30, Northeast Primary School has a special celebration planned for students and teachers. This event will take place inside the building and is exclusively for students and teachers. It’s an exciting way to start the year and create a positive atmosphere for everyone.

Additionally, an open house is scheduled for Sept. 21 at Northeast Primary School. Families are invited to meet their child’s teachers during this event. The schedule for the open house is as follows: Kindergarten at 6 p.m., Grade 1 at 6:30 p.m., and second grade at 7 p.m. More information will be provided closer to the date, so mark your calendars and stay tuned!

Northwest Primary School

Similar to Northeast Primary School, Northwest Primary School will also begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 30. For first and second-grade students, morning car drop-offs will take place from 8:45 a.m.-9 a.m. starting on Aug. 30. Students will either go to the cafeteria or directly into their classrooms. There will be no morning recess, so all students are expected to come into the building upon arrival. Bus pick-up and drop-off times will be communicated through busing letters sent in late August.

Kindergarten students at Northwest Primary School will receive letters in mid-August informing them of their orientation schedule. The orientation days are scheduled for Aug. 30 and 31. Students will attend either the morning session from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. or the afternoon session from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. On Sept 1 and Sept. 4 (Labor Day), kindergartners will not attend school. However, starting from Sept. 5, kindergarten students will attend full-day sessions.

Northwest Primary School will host “Meet the Teachers Night,” also known as Open House, on Sept. 13. This event provides an opportunity for families to meet their child’s teachers and learn more about the upcoming school year. The format and schedule for the Open House will be shared at a later date, so be sure to keep an eye out for more information.

Rutland Intermediate School

For Rutland Intermediate School, opening day is Wednesday, Aug. 30. All students, regardless of grade level, will begin school on this day. It’s important to note that school officially starts at 8 a.m., and students should arrive no earlier than 7:55 a.m. Any students arriving after 8:10 a.m. will be marked tardy. Upon arrival, students are expected to go directly to their classrooms. Breakfast will be available for those who choose to take it.

Bus riders will enter the building using the main entrance on Library Avenue. Car riders and walkers will enter the building using the staircase off the semi-circle entrance on Church Street.

School begins at 8 a.m., and students may be on-site no earlier than 7:55 a.m. Students are expected to go directly to their classrooms upon arrival.

Students will begin dismissal starting at 2:22 p.m. Walkers East and West will be dismissed first and exit from their respective doors. Car riders will exit using the stairs leading out to the Church Street semi-circle. Bus riders will exit from the main entrance on Library Avenue.

Before the official start of the school year, Rutland Intermediate School’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is hosting a Back to School BBQ on Monday, Aug. 28, from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The BBQ will take place on the school playground and is a fantastic opportunity for students, families, and staff to come together and kick off the new year with food and fun.

Rutland Intermediate School’s Open House is scheduled for Sept.14. The event will be divided into two sessions: Grades 4 and 6 will meet from 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m., followed by an opportunity to meet with the administrative team from 6 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Grades 3 and 5 will have their session from 6:15-6:45 p.m. 

Rutland Middle School

At Rutland Middle School, the first day of school for 7th-grade students is Wednesday, Aug. 30. All other students, including 8th graders, will begin school on Thursday, Aug. 31. On both days, students who take buses or are car riders should be dropped off on Library Avenue between 7:30-7:45 a.m. Students will not be allowed in the building before 7:30 a.m. The main entrance at the Keefe Gymnasium doors will be used for student entry. Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria from 7:30-7:45 a.m.

During dismissal at Rutland Middle School, students will exit the building through the main entrance. The dismissal process will begin at 2:40 p.m. It’s important to note that on Tuesdays, there will be an early release at 1:45 p.m. for all students.

Rutland Middle School’s Open House (in-person) is scheduled for Sept. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. This event provides an opportunity for families to meet teachers, explore the classrooms, and learn more about the curriculum and expectations for the coming year.

Rutland High School

For Rutland High School, the highly anticipated first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 30. The school has specific orientation times for different student groups. Freshmen are required to report to school at 7:50 a.m. and will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. All new transfer students and upperclassmen, including sophomores, juniors, and seniors, will report for orientation at 1:30 pm. On the following day, Thursday, Aug. 31, all students are expected to report to school by 7:50 a.m. for a full day of classes. 

Rutland High School operates in two campuses – the Grove Street Campus and the Allen Street Campus. 

Grove Street Campus

Students who have been accepted into the Alternative Education Program at the 77 Grove Street campus will report for orientation as indicated in their acceptance letter. During orientation, class schedules will be determined, providing students with a clear understanding of their academic journey for the year.

Allen Street Campus

All students scheduled to attend the Allen Street Campus (ASC) are required to report at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Families will receive specific busing information and schedules through phone calls from the staff. An Open House Barbecue is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4.-6 p.m.

Stafford Technical Center and Rutland High School

Wednesday, Aug. 30: School officially begins.

• Freshmen will report to school at 7:50 a.m. for orientation, ending at 1 p.m.

• All new transfer/upperclassmen will report at 1:30 p.m. for orientation.

Breakfast and lunch will be available beginning on Aug. 30.

Thursday, Aug. 31: all students report to school by 7:50 a.m. for a full day of classes.

 Information provided by Rutland City Public Schools. For more information, visit: rutlandcitypublicschools.org/families/opening-of-school-information.

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