SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Schools said the first day of the 2017 school year was a success.
Despite long lines outside SCS headquarters, the district said 65,000 students were registered and ready to start school Monday morning. Another 6,000 were registered on day one.
SCS said it did not have any glitch or issues with online registration--a statement that flies in the face of thousands of parents who stood outside for hours when they learned their children were not registered.
Many of those parents said they went through the online registration process days or ever weeks. However, when their children arrived at school, the school's system did not show them registered.
SCS blamed the parents, saying they didn't take advantage of the three-month registration window.
Any parents still having registration issues are asked to go to SCS headquarters at 160 S. Hollywood between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
SCS said 99 percent of their classrooms were staffed Monday. After a series of hires last week, SCS is down to 98 staffing vacancies, which is similar to where they were in 2016. They plan to continue hiring throughout the month with a goal of having teachers in 100 percent of classrooms.
District leaders said no widespread transportation issues have been reported.
There were only minor repairs needed to air conditioners.
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson issued a video message explaining the success of the first day. Click here to watch it.