SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — School is right around the corner for students in the Mid-South and plans are in place for how they’ll keep students, teachers and parents safe as they move forward.
Most districts will take a hybrid model for this school year while districts like Shelby County are 100 percent virtual.
The different districts said although the plans may look different, all of them have the same goal in mind, protecting families.
“We just want to be considerate and take their frustrations and their concerns to heart as we navigate the new school year,” said Mario Hogue with Collierville Schools.
Hogue said with the new school year comes some new challenges and approaches to maintain a safe learning environment for students.
Wednesday, teachers returned to school in Collierville to prepare for instruction.
They’ve moved their start date for students from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17.
“To get teachers more prepared and equipped with the nontraditional school year,” Hogue said.
Districts like Arlington and Bartlett Schools have also moved their start date to Aug. 17 to give teachers and parents more time to get adjusted to new teaching plans.
Bartlett said they’re working on plans for students and teacher’s temperature checks every morning as well as changes to transportation.
They’re working on a hybrid model for students to be either work 100 percent virtual or in person.
In Arlington Schools, all students in grades K through 8 will return to school at 100 percent capacity for 5 days a week, but grades 9 through 12 will only be 50 percent capacity using a hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning.
They said they’re now finalizing those plans for teachers and students.
Wednesday is the last day to sign up for either virtual or in-person learning in Germantown.
They said they’ve considered six different plans and ready to move forward from one plan to another as the safety of students and staff changes throughout the year, but they’re now recommending starting the year with a mixture of face to face and digital learning for students.
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Shelby County is completely virtual for students.
Starting Aug. 3, they’ll begin distributing devices to certain middle and high schools for students to work from home.
Throughout August, they’ll distribute laptops and other devices to students and their start date is Aug. 31.
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