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SCS addresses first day of school concerns

(WMC-TV) - Are you ready for the start of the new school year? Shelby County Schools is laying out its plans for the start of the new year.

A team of department heads fielded questions about what parents and students should expect Monday.

"The journey's been long and not without hiccups, fittingly, we're dealing with hiccups right now," said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Just days before the new school season starts, at least 30 county school employees were laid off. Half of the people laid off Friday were teachers.

But even so, one of the biggest concerns addressed Friday was bus transportation.

"This is a gargantuan task," said Shelby County Schools Transportation Director Hitesh Haria. "We're running 470 buses every day."

Bus routes were changed, even after students were registered.

A special transportation hot line is active for parents with questions, but a call center for general information is still in the testing phase.

"The thing that people have to understand, we're doing every single thing at once," said SCS Deputy Superintendent David Stephens.

There are fewer questions surrounding school security.

Security Chief Gerald Darling says Memphis Police officers and Shelby County sheriff's deputies have been assigned to every middle and high school. They have all been trained to address any scenario.

"We're ready to go. We have systems in place," said Darling.

If you have questions about bus routes, the hot line number is (901) 321-2280.

The superintendent says problems that students and parents may encounter Monday are the same problems they would encounter any other year. Because of the unique nature of this school year, Hopson says they are under a microscope.

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