The Shenandoah County School Board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday to vote on the possibility of pushing the start date for schools from Aug. 17 to Aug. 31.

The county is planning to use a hybrid way of learning this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with students attending in-person and virtually. Students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will attend schools four days a week and students in sixth through 12th grade will attend in-person one day a week, with the day of the week depending on the first letter of their last name.

According to the agenda for Wednesday's meeting, schools Superintendent Mark Johnston is asking for the start date to be pushed back by two weeks due to some of the supply chains for some hygiene and sanitation supplies being disrupted. The disruption has resulted in a back order of some supplies. Among other items, electrostatic cleaners and sneeze guards for cafeterias will not be available by Aug 17.

Teachers will be reporting to schools on Monday and Johnston noted on the agenda that the two extra weeks will give the teachers more time to prepare for the upcoming school year. Teachers would have professional days from Aug. 3-28.

If the new school calendar is approved, school would start on Aug. 31 but would still end on May 27.

Wednesday's School Board meeting can be viewed at the following link:

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