The unofficial end of summer is Labor day but for all the students in the Rock Island-Milan school district, that day might as well be Wednesday, as more than 5,000 kids head back to school.
But as a new school year begins, the school has some new policies for parents, teachers and kids.
One new thing this year? Free breakfast and lunch for all students in the district.
Something school officials in the district say they're thankful for with the high number of families demonstrating need in past years.
“With some of our students they wouldn't have a lunch that day and so it was kinda difficult to make sure they got the proper nutrition but this way they are going to get a very balanced breakfast and lunch and they don't really have to worry about it," John Frieden, Principal, Denkmann Elementary School.
But that's not the only new policy to the school district.
There's a change to the PARCC standardized test that affects all schools in Illinois.
This year the test will be shorter and in a simpler format to improve the testing process.
There have also been major improvements to the code of conduct handbook for the district.
Holly Sparkman the communications director says after incidents of bullying and hazing came to light early last school year, the district updated and added items addressing law enforcement, plagiarism and more.
They hope that updating the code of conduct handbook will help students and parents in the district.
“The feedback that we got from parents were that it was just too hard to understand and there are many levels and we just made it more user friendly,” said Sparkman.
Click here for the Code of Conduct handbook
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