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School Board Members, Superintendent and Staff Welcome BCPS Students and Families to the 2019/20 School Year
 
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 was a day filled with smiles, handshakes and words of encouragement as Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and Broward County School Board members welcomed students, families and staff to the 2019/20 school year. 

The Superintendent began his day early at the South Area Bus Terminal in Pembroke Pines at 5:30 a.m., as school bus drivers prepared to meet over 73,000 student riders. BCPS has one of the largest transportation fleets in the country, with more than 1,200 school buses and 1,000 routes. It also 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.  

Adding to the excitement of the day, the Miami Marlins and members of the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation welcomed students at several schools and provided back to school supply distributions. 

In addition to ensuring a smooth start to the 2019/20 school year, the District, with continued collaboration from the Broward Sheriff’s Office and its municipal partners, remains committed to ensuring every District school is safe and secure. 

“We are excited to welcome students, staff and families to a new school year. The first day of school is always an exciting time for our families,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “From pre-K through our technical colleges, the energy and enthusiasm of our students and community was palpable across the District. We remain committed to providing safe and secure learning and working environments for our students and staff, and ensuring our students reach their highest potential.”  

To watch a video wrap-up of first day highlights, visit browardschools.com/newsroom

BCPS First Day of School – by the numbers. 

2019/20 First Day of School – by The Numbers

Enrollment

District (Pre-K -12 and Centers):  222,689***

Charters:  45,999***

Total:  268,688***

School Buses

Students Riding Buses
92,649**

Bus Routes
1,008

Bus Drivers
1,020*

Total Active Buses
1,266

Cafeteria Meals Served

Breakfast
31,100*

Lunch
113,400*

Supper Program Meals
7,100*

Number of Teachers

14,313

Number of Schools

Elementary
135

Middle
35

High
32

Combination
11

Centers
18

ESE Agency
7****

Colleges
3

Charters
89

Total
330

*Numbers are approximate **Approximate number of eligible students assigned to bus routes for the opening of the 2019/20 school year

***This number subject to change. ****This year's count includes 7 ESE Contract Agency Schools previously administered through Harbordale Elementary School.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - “Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”:  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 89 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.


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