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Shenandoah School Board votes to delay start of school until Aug. 31

6 August 2020 Covid19 Shenandoah County News


The start date for Shenandoah County Public Schools has been moved from Aug. 17 to Aug. 31.

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Shenandoah County School Board voted unanimously to push back the first day of school for students.

Superintendent Mark Johnston noted at the school board meeting some of the supply chains for hygiene and sanitation supplies have been disrupted. For example, electrostatic cleaners and sneeze guards for cafeterias will not be available for an Aug. 17 start to the school year for students.

Johnston cited another reason for the delay.

“Because every grade level will have students who are learning virtually, and at times, perhaps all students will be learning virtually, it is essential for all teachers to have as much training as possible in the Schoology Learning Management System,” said Johnston.

Schoology is the technology through which students will access their virtual learning materials and courses.

The extra two weeks will allow teachers and staff to prepare and adjust to new policies in place.

The updated calendar lists May 27 as the last day for students.

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