Summer break comes to an end for nearly 270,000 students preparing to head back to class on Monday, August 22, 2016, the first day of the 2016/17 school year for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).

As teachers and school leaders prepare for the launch of the new school year, the District’s Transportation Department, which operates one of the largest school bus fleets in the country with 1,248 buses, is ready to provide service to 73,000 student passengers each day on 998 routes. All buses are equipped with GPS technology to track locations and report any emergencies.

“This is always an exciting time for our students and families,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The success of our students begins with being in school on the first day and every day. We look forward to working together with our families and the community to make this a great year.”

Superintendent Runcie will greet school bus operators at the South Area Bus Terminal in Pembroke Pines before boarding a bus to welcome students back to school. The Superintendent will visit several schools across the District to welcome students, parents, teachers and staff throughout the day.