SCS officials consider shift to school year after Tenn. state of emergency extended

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After Tennessee Governor Bill Lee extended the state of emergency to August 29, Shelby County Schools superintendent Dr. Joris Ray said he was considering shifting the start and end of the school year.

The governor’s plan to extend the state of emergency could leave some parents struggling financially.

Jasmine Fentress is a single mother of four.

“I really need definitive answers in order to make the necessary decisions that would benefit me moving forward,” Fentress said.

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Fentress was worried about childcare for her children attending Shelby County Schools this fall.

She said she paid $200 per child for childcare.

“A lot of times when decisions are being made, they are oftentimes based on a typical household dynamic of a mom and dad and a family but they also don’t consider single moms who have to pay for childcare out of pocket,” Fentress said.

Fentress was already struggling to pay the bills. The hairstylist filed for unemployment in March and was still waiting on her benefits.

Related: Governor Lee extends Tennessee State of Emergency to Aug. 29

Ray posted on Twitter that the district was seeking input from educators and families about the shift in the start and end of the school year option.

“When we’re making decisions for the children, consider our plight, consider us not having the proper support that we need at home and know that we need this main level of support at school,” Fentress said.

FOX13 called districts like Bartlett and Collierville and Arlington to ask about their plans. We did not receive a response.