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Shelby County School Board opts for early August school start

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Shelby County Schools(source: WMC Action News 5)
Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:39 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County School Board has decided to choose an earlier start date for the next school year.

During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, the board voted on an August 9 start date for the 2021-2022 school year. The last day of school for students in 2022 will be May 29.

August 9 was one of two options proposed by Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray. The other proposed date was August 16. The district says it conducted a survey of more than 10,000 teachers, parents and other stakeholders, and a majority wanted the earlier start date.

This summer could be very busy for Shelby County Schools students and staff. In addition to summer school for students who failed classes, there will be a state-mandated four-week-long summer learning academy to make up for learning loss.

According to the TDOE, summer learning academies are optional for students but all Tennessee school districts are required to offer them. SCS says principals are already communicating with families of students who are considered a priority for the summer learning academies.

SCS says its goal is for 20,000 students to attend the summer learning academies. The district also says it will need 2,000 to 3,000 teachers for the summer learning programs.

The last day of school for Shelby County Schools this year is June 16.

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