Fowler Schools will begin the 2016-2017 school year on Thursday, Aug. 18, according to Steven Grasmick, Superintendent of Fowler School District R4J. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. that day for all students.

Fowler Schools will begin the 2016-2017 school year on Thursday, Aug. 18, according to Steven Grasmick, Superintendent of Fowler School District R4J. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. that day for all students.

The regular school day is 8 a.m. through 3:25 p.m. for studetns in grades K-12 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Transportation routes and time schedules will be comparable to last year for pickup and drop-off times.

Staff Inservice will begin on Monday Aug. 15.

Students new to Fowler School District are asked to contact the elementary or high school offices prior to the start of school to complete their registration. It is important that all new students register prior to the start of school.

Parents of kindergarten students are reminded that proof of immunization and a birth certificate are required at the time school starts.

Parents of seventh grade students are reminded that children entering the 7th grade must have proof of receiving their second MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) shot.

Students are not charged registration fees. There will, however, be a band instrument rental fee of $25 per semester, and an art fee of $10 per semester. Students are asked to provide their own gym clothing, towels, gym shoes, and other personal use items, where required.

The school cafeteria will begin serving breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 18, and breakfast and lunch Friday, Aug. 20. Meal prices are $1.15 for breakfast grades K-12. Lunch prices are $1.75 for students in grades K-3, $1.90 for grades 4-6, and $2.05 for grades 7-12. Students who qualify for reduced meals will receive a free breakfast and will be charged 40 cents per meal for lunch. Information on free and reduced meals will be sent home with all students on the first day of school.

Student insurance is avaliable and is not required except for students who participate in athletics and who do not have other insurance. The cost of the basic coverage is $98. The basic insurance covers all school activities except high school football. The football coverage is an additional $134. Complete information will be sent home with each student at the beginning of school.

Persons with questions regarding any school matter are asked to contact any of the following district personnel. Steven Grasmick, Superintendent, 263-4224, Russell Bates, Secondary Principal, 263-4279, Steven Grasmick, Elementary Principal, 263-4364.