A new football field is just one of the amenities students and the community will enjoy at the new Buford High School. Students return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 7 when everyone except the littlest wolves will find themselves in new facilities. CASEY SIKES/FOR THE AJC

Some Buford City students will enter a new state-of-the-art campus, others may have confusion

Not only does Buford City Schools have a brand-new, state-of-the-art campus for high schoolers, it’s transitioning lower grades to make use of all available space. 

Starting Wednesday, the former high school has now become the middle school. The former middle school is now the newly formed Buford Senior Academy which will house fourth- and fifth-graders. Buford Academy used to house second through fifth-graders but now houses first through third-graders. Buford Elementary will now be home to kindergartners and provide daycare for school system staffers.

With all the moving around, district officials are sure there may be some first-day confusion for the estimated 5,000 students and their parents. They’ve put together a plan to help make pick-up and drop-off run as smoothly as possible.

Buford High School

Parents are asked to use entrances at Buford Highway or Thompson Mill Road to pick up and drop off students. The red and yellow lines show the route to pass by the front of the school and loop back to the street you initially access. COURTESY BUFORD CITY SCHOOLS

There are two entrances to access the high school -- Buford Highway and Thompson Mill Road. For safety reasons, parents are asked to drop students off at the front of the school and not in the parking lot.

Buford Middle School

Please remember that Buford  Middle School is now housed in the old Buford High School. The diagrams below show the set up for drop off and pick up.

Here are specific instructions on where to drop off students at the new Buford Middle School which was formerly Buford High School. COURTESY OF BUFORD CITY SCHOOLS
Buford Middle School parents are asked to follow the specific guidelines for picking up students in the afternoon. COURTESY OF BUFORD CITY SCHOOLS

“Our [school police] have worked with the schools to ensure these are the safest routes for our students,” said district spokeswoman Kerri Leland. 

In addition, the high school went the extra mile and made a video with their navigation information.

School hours:

Buford High School: (9th - 12th) 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. 

Buford Middle School: (6th - 8th) 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. 

Buford Senior Academy: (4th & 5th) 8:10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Buford Academy: (1st - 3rd) 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. 

Buford Elementary School: (Kindergarten and Staff Daycare) 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

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