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Several Clark County schools are preparing for big changes to their bell schedules this upcoming school year, and with one week until classes start, experts encourage parents to get their students acclimated now to their new sleep schedule. Clark County School District announced early this year that they would be changing the start times at hundreds of schools across the district due to a shortage of bus drivers. By shifting the start times, their hope is to optimize bus routes and improve pick up and drop off times. The idea of waking up so early, however, is becoming a big concern for some families in the Las Vegas valley  especially those of high school students. Last year school started at 8a for most high school students, but starting next week it’ll start at 7a unless they have early bird classes, then start time is 6a. which means students will have to get up an hour earlier with concerns that the earlier start time will affect mental, health and academic performances.

The Clark County School District is still short more than 200 drivers, leaving some of your children late to and from school, waiting on sidewalks, and in some cases now using public transportation.  According to CCSD’s website, bus driver trainees make 15.67 an hour. Drivers starting off can get anywhere from $15.67 to $19.98. and special education bus drivers, the pay is listed as $16.45 to $20.99 to start off. How does CCSD driver pay compare to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada? Keolis Transit, an operations contractor for the RTC of Southern Nevada says its starting pay is $16.25 an hour. At ten years, that can be as high as $26.19 an hour. Right now, there is also a $2,500 signing bonus for new hires. MV Transportation, one of RTC’s vendors, has a starting wage of $15.77 an hour with annual increases topping out at more than $25 an hour. It also has signing bonuses from $1,200 to $1,800.

16 Back To School Must Haves For Everyone That Are School Year Essentials

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It’s that time again! The Back To School Season is upon us and I want you to be prepared for whatever this school year is going to throw at you.  Save yourself from fighting the crowds at the stores with this online shopping guide to your Back to School must haves from Amazon. For the parents, students, and teachers, there’s something for everyone on this list, all aimed at making life run more smoothly as we get back into the flow of the school year.

  • Ziplock Bag Organizer

    From packing lunches to organizing classrooms, this Ziplock Bag Organizer is a worthwhile addition to your routine! And coming in with almost 100% of 5-star reviews, you can’t go wrong.

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  • Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

    Teachers and students rave about the vividness of color and the lack of bleed-through with these pens.  As a bonus, if you are a fan of stress-relieving coloring books, the variety of colors elevates your artwork to the next level. 

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  • PAPERAGE 12-Pack Composition Notebook Journals

    School Supplies but make it fun! These Composition Notebooks feature a Kraft Cover that is perfect for your artist/ student to customize.  The rainbow spines make for a nice organizational perk!

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  • Trapper Keeper 1" Binder by Mead (Geometry)

    If you are inspired by all things ’80s and have Stranger Things fever, this retro Trapper Keeper is perfect for you!

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  • Bento Boxes

    Bento Boxes are a handy solution to brown bagging school lunches and this generously sized bento box is perfect for both students and teachers. Available in multiple colors and microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, the reviewers are raving! “Love this little box! I got it yesterday and used it today to pack my son’s lunch for school. I love how you can put different types of foods all in the same container and not have to worry about them leaking on each other or contaminating each other.”

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  • Fit & Fresh Shaped Slim Ice Packs

    Keeping your lunch cool has never been so cute!

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  • Extra Large 52L Travel Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port

    This backpack is all business, with an external USB port with a set-in charging cable that offers convenient charging for your cellphone. A hole for headphones outside gives easy access to Earphone usage. Also, the student backpack with a sturdy rugged handle with steel cable on the top for carrying, side compression straps keep the exclusive backpack at whatever size you require. Water Resistant and ample storage make this the workhorse of backpacks.

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  • Gloveleya Backpack with Plush Duck Toy

    If you have a young student just starting preschool or kindergarten, the Gloveleya Backpack has a special friend they can take to school with them to keep the homesickness at bay.  Featuring several different fuzzy friends to choose from, your young scholar will have some cuddle options.

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  • Big Crystal Diamond Ballpoint Pen

    If you’re going to do it, do it with style!

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  • RuiLing 40-Pack 4 Inches Mega Large Paper Clips

    Bigger is better with these whimsical Mega Paper Clips! These come in an assortment of colors and can not only hold your documents in place, but they can also double as a fun bookmark!

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  • 14oz Stainless Steel Summit Kids Water Bottle with Straw

    Leak-proof straw, super-insulated, and dishwasher safe this water bottle has it all! Plus, lots of designs to fit everyone’s style!

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  • X-ACTO Mighty Mite Electric Pencil Sharpener with Pencil Saver & SafeStart Motor

    A good pencil sharper at home to deal with homework woes cannot be understated! My sister is a teacher and this is the top of her Must Haves!

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  • 12ct Gel Crayons with Storage Case - Faber-Castell

    Gel Crayons are a unique art medium for young artists to explore color mixing and blending! The jumbo, ergonomic design is ideal for little hands to learn proper grip and the twist-up design keeps hands clean while coloring.

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  • Swingline Tot Mini Stapler

    It’s tiny, it’s adorable and it’s extremely handy! What’s not to love? Now you can staple in style.

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  • Jelly Stand Up Pencil Pouch - up & up™

    Available in four different colors, the Jelly Stand Pencil Pouch transforms into two vertical standing pencil holdersFeaturing a sturdy carrying strap and different organizational pouches within, it’s the pencil pouch of the future!

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  • Locker Gold Wire Value Pack

    Keep your locker neat and tidy with this Locker Accessory Kit. With magnetic backing to easily mount to the inside of a locker and a whiteboard sized perfectly, your interior locker design will be on point. 

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