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Back to School 2023-2024

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Staggered Start Schedule
The District will use a staggered-start schedule for different grade levels to make the transition to the new school year as smooth as possible. Please note the following:

  • Wednesday, August 16 – First Day and Orientation for Grades 1-6, 9
    All first through sixth graders and ninth graders (freshmen) will report on their regular schedule for orientation. Not reporting:  kindergarten, seventh, eighth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth (kindergarten, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 12th) graders.

  • Thursday, August 17 – First Through Twelfth Graders Report
    All first through twelfth graders report for school on their regular schedule. Not reporting: Kindergarten (see Kindergarten Staggered-Start Schedule).

  • Wednesday, August 17 or Thursday, August 18 – Staggered Start for Preschool
    Preschool teachers will notify parents on which day their student will start.

Kindergarten Assessments and Staggered-Start Schedule

Kindergarten Assessment Appointments
Before the start of school, all kindergarteners will participate in an informal assessment. This assessment helps our teachers understand each kindergartener’s abilities and needs. It allows us to determine classroom placement and whether any other services may be necessary to ensure the child’s success.

Kindergarten assessments will occur on August 16, 17, and 18. By Friday, August 4, schools will notify parents of the date their kindergartener will participate in their assessment. 

Kindergarten Staggered-Start Days
To create a smooth start to the school year, we have staggered the start of the school year for all kindergarten students, with half of the students attending one day and the other half attending the second day. Please note the following schedule:

  • August 21: Kindergarteners with last names beginning with A-L will attend school all day. Students with last names starting with M-Z DO NOT attend.
  • August 22: Kindergarteners with last names beginning with M-Z will attend school all day. Students with last names starting with A-L DO NOT attend.
  • August 23: First Day for all Kindergarteners
    All kindergartners attend school on a full-day schedule.
Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s school.

School Open House Dates

Every Groveport Madison school hosts an open house/welcome night at the start of the school year. The purpose of these events is for parents and students to familiarize themselves with their school and to meet the teachers and principals. This year's open house schedule is listed below.
 Elementary SchoolsTuesday, Aug. 154:30-6:00 PM 
 Middle SchoolsMonday, Aug. 144:00-6:00 PM
 High SchoolMonday, Aug. 14
5:00-7:00 PM

 Asbury ESTuesday, Aug. 224:30-6:00 PM
 Dunloe ESTuesday, Aug. 22
4:30-6:00 PM
 Glendening ESTuesday, Aug. 22
6:00 PM
 Groveport ESTuesday, Aug. 22
4:30-6:00 PM
 Madison ESTuesday, Aug. 22
5:00-6:00 PM
 Sedalia ESTuesday, Aug. 22
4:30-6:00 PM
   * Only parents attend this meeting.

School Start and Dismissal Times

BuildingTardy BellDismissal
Two-Hour Early Release Time
Lil' Cruiser Pre-K AM9:00 AM11:30 AMN/A
Lil' Cruiser Pre-K PM1:00 PM3:30 PMN/A
Asbury ES
Dunloe ES
Glendening ES
Groveport ES
Madison ES
Sedalia ES
9:15 AM3:40 PM1:40 PM
Middle School Central
Middle School North
Middle School South
8:15 AM2:40 PM12:40 PM
GM High School7:15 AM1:45 PM11:45 AM

Bus Routes & Transportation Services

District Transportation Services
Per Board of Education Policy and Ohio Law, Groveport Madison Schools provides bus service to students living one mile or more from their assigned school. Groveport Madison Schools provides bus service to students living one mile or more from their assigned school. The District assigns centrally-located, regional bus stops to provide the most convenient access to the greatest number of students on each bus route.

Bus Route Information
Updated bus route information will be available on our website at on Friday, July 28. Routing information is updated frequently at the start of the school year due to new enrollments. Be sure to check back from time to time for the most up-to-date information.

Expect Bus Delays for the First Few Weeks
During the first few weeks of school, bus route pick-up and drop-off times will likely run late as we verify we have all students on their assigned school buses.

Alternate Bus Stop Locations
Unless you have made arrangements in advance, students can be picked up only from or dropped off at their assigned bus stop location. Due to childcare or other reasons, parents wanting another pick-up or drop-off location should contact Community Bus Services, Inc. at 614-836-4788.

Stabilizing Bus Routes
No bus stop change requests will be considered until after September 5 so that routes can be stabilized and transportation can determine if additional route modifications are necessary.

Food Services

Nutritious Meals Help Children Succeed in School

Nutritious Meals Help Children Succeed in School
Children who eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily often perform better and are less distracted in school. Our breakfasts and lunches are prepared from chef-developed recipes and include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. All meals meet or exceed USDA guidelines and are designed to help children grow into healthy adults.

Applying for Free or Reduced-price Meals
Groveport Madison Schools provides free breakfast for all students regardless of their income. Breakfast is served right in the student's classroom. No application is needed.

Many families in Groveport Madison Schools qualify for their children to receive free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, which is sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture. Qualified students can receive free or reduced-price lunch daily, and applications may be made at any time of the year as circumstances dictate.

Complete an online application through your PaySchool account. The information provided is confidential and only used to determine eligibility for the Federal Lunch Program. 

The online application is available in early July on the District's website at

Lunch Menus & Nutrition Information
Check out school menus and get information on meal serving sizes, carbohydrate counts, and allergy information online at or by downloading the Nutrislice! App (available at Google Play and the Apps Store).

2023-2024 Immunization Requirements

Part of the Ohio Department of Health's mission is to ensure all Ohio schools provide safe and healthy environments for students and staff. The Department of Health requires that all students be immunized before enrolling in school. Contact your child's healthcare provider to make sure your child's vaccinations are up-to-date. A list of immunizations is available on our Health Services webpage or the Ohio Department of Health's website.

Immunization Requirements for Incoming 7th and 12th Graders
A booster dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine is required before entry into the seventh grade, and incoming twelfth graders must have a second dose of the MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine before returning to school. If your child has not had these immunizations, please contact your healthcare provider or the Franklin County Public Health Department by visiting or calling 614-525-3719. Childhood and adult immunization clinics are available through the Franklin County Public Health Department. Appointments are required. For details and clinic locations, click here.

Don't wait until the last minute; make an appointment today! 

Get Connected!

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2023-2024 Back to School Newsletter

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School Hours

Pre-K AM Class - 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Pre-K PM Class - 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Elementary Schools - 9:15 AM to 3:40 PM
Middle Schools - 8:15 AM to 2:40 PM
High School - 7:15 AM to 1:45 PM

2023-2024 School Calendar

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School Supply Lists

District Contact Information

Other Resources

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