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Back to school time in Reno and Washoe County

By August 2, 2013

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If you weren't aware that back to school time is coming up fast, Reno-area retailers will be reminding you with solicitations to equip your kids with the latest trendy clothes, electronic gizmos, and finally, supplies to actually aid with learning something at school. What is conspicuously lacking is information about what it's really all about - the public schools your children will attend.

Double Diamond Elementary School, Reno, NV
Double Diamond Elementary School, Reno, Nevada.
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For families new to the Washoe County School District (WCSD), learning about how things work is important to helping your kids transition into their new schools. For example, WCSD is on a 12 month schedule - knowing which public school opens when is less than obvious. While most elementary schools operate on a traditional schedule, with the first day of school in 2012 being Monday, August 12, not all do. High schools, however, all use the traditional schedule. You can learn all about the 2013-2014 school year around here in my "Back To School Information for Reno" article. For a list of important school dates, refer to "Washoe County School District Calendar."

Should shopping be on your back-to-school list of things to do, Reno and Sparks have plenty of shopping malls & districts from which to choose. For the budget minded, there is also a good selection of thrift stores. I encourage you to shop locally owned stores for school items, and also for as many other things as possible. This is an easy way to support local business people and help stimulate our own Reno economy.

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