SCS to maintain current board-approved calendar for 2020-21 school year, may push back start date

SCS to maintain current board-approved calendar for 2020-21 school year, may push back start date
Shelby County Schools (whbq)

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools decided to keep its current 175-day board-approved calendar for the 2020-21 school year, according to SCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray.

However, because Tennessee will remain under a State of Emergency until at least August 29, SCS is considering a shift in the start and end of the 2020-21 school year.

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Extra hours, shorter breaks and longer semesters were just some of the options Shelby County School leaders considered for the upcoming school year.

District staff said the options were developed to address the loss of instructional time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shelby County School leaders discussed some of the different options for the upcoming school year earlier this month.

Monday night Superintendent Ray said after meeting with the District Teacher Advisory Council, incoming United Educators Association President Danette Stokes, and based on the overwhelming response from teachers and parents, the district will maintain the current 175-day board-approved calendar, adding OPTIONAL academies.

Ray also said SCS will seek input from educators and families about pushing back the start date of the school year.