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The school board approved a mask mandate beginning on Monday, August 23, 2021. All students will be required to wear masks. When the Covid numbers in Haywood County go down, the mask “rule” will return to optional, but for right now masks are mandatory for all staff, students, and others who enter the school building.

I know that folks have different feelings about school being in session starting on Monday. If your child is not ready to come back to school or if it is simply physically impossible to get them to school due the flood, please just give us a call and let us know. Please read Dr. Nolte’s press release on the Haywood County Schools website. To quote him, “We want you to know that school is ready for you when you are ready for school.  We want to help, if you haven’t already done so, please reach out to your school.  Let them know about your situation.  They can help you get access to some things that might be helpful.”

Monday, August 23, is a 2 Hour Delay. However, Kinder Camp will still begin at 8:30. This past Friday, kindergarten teachers attempted to contact all parents of students who haven’t been to Kinder Camp yet to discuss whether the child could come this Monday or Tuesday.

Bus route information is as follows:

Post Fred Bus Information 8/23-? 

Bus Drivers have been advised that if a road looks sketchy or if they do not feel safe driving a road, they will not drive that road. Students on buses 7, 62, and 21 will be called on Sunday afternoon,  8/22 with changes in times, etc. 


Bus # Driver  Changes to Route or Time Other Info.
182 Larry Erwin No changes to route or time n/a
16 Spencer Reeves No changes to route or time n/a
28 (former 169) Diana Chinn  

Will not go down Brookside Drive

Brookside Drive students need to meet the bus where Brookside and 110 meet at 6:55 am in the morning and 3:50 pm in the afternoon.
42 Brian Coward  Will not go up Little East Fork– all other roads on route will be done at their approximate regular times.  Bus will pick up and drop off at Little East Fork and Lake Logan Road at approximately 6:45 am and 3:40 pm 2 Hour Delay

Little East Fork pick up/drop off times will be 8:45 am and 3:40 pm.  All other roads on route will be picked up 2 hours later than regular times. 

7 (former 31) Amanda Watson AM/Dorothea Stewart PM until B. Allen begins driving Will meet up Dix Creek at Mt. Zion Church at 6:45 am.  The bus will then run Lovejoy/Rocky Branch and Lake Logan Road from Riverside Baptist (pick up between 7:15-7:20 am) to Edwards Cove. Students will be picked up on the above mentioned roads at their normal times.   Students that live on Max Thompson Road will meet Bus 21 at Frank’s Grocery in the mornings from 7:00-7:30 and will be dropped off at approximately 3:20. 

2 Hour Delay

Frank’s Grocery pick up will be 9:00-9:30 am.

Bus 21 Nick Messer Students that live up Cruso Road/276 and ride Bus 21 will meet at Frank’s Grocery anytime from 7:00-7:30. Bus 21 students that live on 110 will meet Bus 21 at the Outpost in Bethel from 7:33-7:45. ALL bus 21 students will be taken to Frank’s Grocery at dismissal and be dropped off at 3:20 pm.   Parents must walk up to the bus to retrieve their child, helping keeping students safe. All students that ride bus 21 will either meet at Frank’s Grocery or the Outpost.  No other roads will be run on this route at this time.  Parents must walk up to the  bus to retrieve their child, helping keep students safe.  

2 Hour Delay 

Franks Grocery pick up will be 9:00-9:30.  Outpost pickup will be 9:33-9:45.  

Bus 62 (former 28) Tracy Fowler AM/ Brandon McGaha PM Students riding bus 62 will meet at East Fork Baptist Church from 7:00-7:25 in the morning and will be dropped off there at approximately 3:40 pm.  Students that live closer to Cruso United Methodist Church may be dropped off there from 7:25-7:35 and will be there in the afternoons at 3:20 pm.  No side roads will be run on this route.  The only stops will be Cruso United Methodist and East Fork Baptist Church.  Parents must walk up to the bus to retrieve their child, helping keep students safe.

2 Hour Delay

Pick up at Cruso United Methodist Church will be from 9:00-9:35


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