Students return to school throughout the Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Students return to school throughout the Mid-South

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

Classrooms all over Shelby County were filled with umbrellas and squeaky shoes Monday morning.

Monday was the first day of school for thousands of students across the Mid-South.

As their kids began a new school year, some parents were impressed with the way the first day started.

"They have it really well set up inside," said Leslie Ryan, whose child is in fourth grade at Idlewild Elementary. "We walked in, got his homeroom, got him up there in no time at all."

Students at one school will only have to go for a few hours.

Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High School in Frasyer will dismiss students at 12:45 p.m. all week.

From August 10 to August 14, classes will get out early because of high heat indexes.

Some of the school’s classrooms were left without air conditioning after severe storms moved through Memphis.

Crews hope to have repairs finished by Tuesday.

Elsewhere, students will be spending all day getting back in the swing of things. Shelby County Schools and the Municipal School Districts are all welcoming students back for the upcoming year.

There are lots of changes happening this year around Shelby County.

SCS is looking to create more early literacy requirements and testing procedures.

Plus, the company operating SCS buses is now fully staffed. Durham School Services had a rough 2014-15 school year. 

The bus company dealt with several traffic accidents and a few instances where bus drivers didn't have valid licenses or had a history of criminal charges.

This year, Durham says it has beefed up background checks and hired six new safety trainers to make sure parents can rest easy when their child gets on the school bus.

Another change coming to SCS this year: the school is doing away with TCAP testing.

"We'll be doing TNReady assessments this year, which will basically test the standards set forth in the Tennessee Common Core," Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said. "So it will be a huge shift. It's going to require a lot more heavy lifting for our teachers and school leaders but with their track record, I'm just so proud. We'll get it done."

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