Fort Mill Schools Vote to Push Back Start Date to August 31

FORT MILL, S.C. — The new school year for Fort Mill students and teachers will now start several weeks later beginning on August 31. This decision comes after the board approved a school calendar change Tuesday night to allow parents, teachers and students more time to prepare for the school reopening changes due to the coronavirus.

The vote for a later start date also means the end of the school year will extend into mid-June. Members of the school board agreed there’s no perfect solution, but this is the next best thing.

“It’s the best we can do,” Fort Mill school board member Celia McCarter said. “We’ve tried to be flexible and agreeable and here we are.”

The board also adjusted its reopening plan to allow elementary to high school students to return to school using an A/B schedule that rotates between virtual and in-person learning. For students K-5th grades, all in-person learning will begin the fifth week of school.

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