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JCPS calendar committee recommends delaying start of school year

The current start date for students in August 12, but the committee proposed pushing the first day of class back to August 25.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The start of the 2020-2021 school year could be getting pushed back for Jefferson County Public School students. The coronavirus pandemic is expected to continue through the fall, and the district wants more time to prepare.

On Wednesday, the calendar committee met to discuss delaying the start of school. The current start date for students in August 12, but the committee proposed pushing the first day of class back to August 25. The committee first proposed to start classes on August 26 but moved it up by one day to allow students and staff a day off on October 2.

Teachers and staff would start on August 10.

It is still not clear whether students will be in classrooms, but the new calendar would accommodate all types of learning, the committee said.

The committee did not vote on the new calendar, but the JCPS human resources chief will be sending the school board the recommendation. The school board will then have a vote on the new calendar.

JCPS is still working on a plan to reopen which may include in-person classes, non-traditional instruction or both. They hope to have a plan completed by the school board meeting on July 21.

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