A preliminary headcount shows 3,770 Canal Winchester students are enrolled for the 2017-18 school year -- up by more than 50 students from last year.

All of them will be heading back to class soon, but not on the same day.

Classes for students in grades 1-9 begin Wednesday, Aug. 16, grades 10-12 do not start until Thursday, Aug. 17.

The first day for students in preschool is Monday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten begins Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Superintendent Jim Sotlar said the staggered schedule makes the return to school a little easier, especially for incoming high school freshmen.

"The staggered start for freshmen allows them to engage in a full day of orientation and an abbreviated class schedule," he said. "They get to meet teachers and navigate the high school without all the students in the building. The transition day provides time for freshmen to ask questions and acclimate to high school."

The week before kindergarten opens is reserved for testing incoming students.

As in past years, families can use their Parent OneView online accounts to complete district forms. Beginning Monday, Aug. 7, that account will also provide transportation and homeroom information.

Supply lists

School supply lists can be found by clicking on the yellow "Back-to-School" button in the middle of the district's homepage at cwschools.org.

Several Back-School Nights are scheduled before classes resume.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, students in grades K-2 at Indian Trail Elementary will be able to meet their teachers from 4-5:30 p.m. Winchester Trail Elementary students will visit their classrooms from 5 to 6:30 p.m., also on Aug. 15.

Sixth-grade orientation and schedule pick-up at the middle school will start at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be able to pick up their schedules between 5 and 6:15 p.m.

CWHS schedules

High school seniors will be able to pick up their schedules, Chromebooks and parking permits and have their pictures taken and identification cards prepared from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 7.

The same activities are scheduled for juniors from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 8, and for sophomores from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Students who cannot pick up their schedules or Chromebooks on the assigned date and time will receive them on the first day of school.

All students must submit a signed Chromebook agreement to the school before they will receive one of the computers.

After school begins, parents of freshmen are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in the high school cafeteria.

Class times

The school day begins at 8:55 a.m. for grades 1-2 and ends at 3:30 p.m. Morning kindergarten starts at 8:55 a.m. and finishes at 11:40 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten begins at 12:45 p.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

Students in grades 6-8 start class at 7:45 a.m. and end their day at 2:30 p.m.

High school classes start at 7:35 a.m. and finish at 2:15 p.m.