School hours change; free shots available

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Students enrolled in Volusia public schools will return with new hours. 

Elementary school hours will be from 7:50 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. (formerly 7:55 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.) Middle School will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (formerly 8:56 a.m. to 3:41 p.m.) High school hours will be 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. 

Jeremy Brunson, who will be a sophomore at Spruce Creek High, likes the new hours. 

“I think the time change is a good thing. I thought we got up way too early. We were often still tired and not focused. Many kids often fell asleep in first period. We can now get a little bit more sleep,’’ he said. 

Free immunizations 

For students who need immunizations, Florida Health is providing free shots with no appointment required from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Daytona Beach: 1845 Holsenback Drive.
  • New Smyrna Beach: 717 W. Canal St.
  • Orange City: 775 Harley Strickland Blvd. 

Halifax Health-Keech Street Neighborhood Clinic, located at 431 S. Keech St., is taking appointments for rapid back-to-school physicals and immunizations.

The clinic times are July 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Aug. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

“The free vaccinations are most definitely a big help. Getting all this stuff together for school alone added on with vaccinations and medical records can get quite stressful for parents,” said parent Cedrina Cooper.

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