Hilliard City Schools' open house for new bus riders is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 12, at Heritage Middle School, 5670 Scioto Darby Road.

The event is designed to acclimate students who will ride a bus for the first time when classes resume Aug. 21. No registration is required.

The district's transportation department will oversee the program, including instruction on bus safety.

"It's a chance to get all the first-day jitters out of the way," said Stacie Raterman, a spokeswoman for the district.

The district rolls 133 buses every day, many of which have double routes, she said.

The Hilliard Division of Police also will participate in the program for the first time, providing its new discretionary fingerprinting and identification service for parents and their children, according to the district.

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