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School start date moving back

By Michael Butler

Tallassee City Schools is pushing the start date back for the 2020-21 school year to Sept. 8. In a letter to parents, acting superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin explained the reasons for the change.

"After much discussion, the Reopening Task Force for Tallassee City Schools has decided that it would be in the best interest of our students and staff to push back the start date," Nolin noted. "Dr. Mackey, Alabama State Superintendent of Education, has approved this calendar request. As of now, our current plan for a soft opening is still in place. Due to supply chain factors, out of our control, we are lacking some essential educational and child nutritional components needed to facilitate a successful school opening."

The original plan to start back was Aug. 19.

"We will utilize this time to better prepare our buildings and prepare our staff for a virtual setting. 
Our staff and I will work tirelessly to adjust the reopening plan to the Sept. 8 start date. We will disseminate the new schedule very soon. We understand that this will take some planning by our parents, and we are certainly empathic with all."

Nolin added that athletic events that were scheduled prior to the return to school are still in place including the season-opening football game vs. Reeltown on Aug. 20 and the second game at Wetumpka on Aug. 28.

School staff on board the bus during the "Walk A Mile in Their Shoes" day on Thursday