Rutherford Co. Schools delays first day of school due to high number of virtual applications

Posted at 2:55 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 00:20:30-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Rutherford County Schools officials delay the first day of school due to a high volume of distance learning applications.

Rutherford Co. Schools Communications Director James Evans made the announcement Wednesday. The first day of school will be Thursday, Aug. 13. They were set to begin Monday, Aug. 10.

He said about 40% of the student population, more than 19,000 students, have chosen distance learning. So to give teachers and schools additional time to prepare, the first day was moved.

Wednesday was the last day to apply for distance learning.

Parents will be contacted by their students' schools more specifics about the first day of school, laptop pickup and other information.

Thursday will be a three-hour, 15-minute day for all students, both in-person and those on distance-learning. Friday, Aug. 14 will also be a three-hour, 15-minute day. The first full day will be Monday, Aug. 17.