Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan will ask the Hardin County Board of Education at its next meeting to move the start of the 2020-2021 school year to Aug. 24 for K-12 students, according to a district news release.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is July 16. The original start date, approved by the board prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was Aug. 6.

"Those extra 18 days will be extremely beneficial,” Morgan said in the release. “It is important that we give our staff as much time as possible to prepare to offer traditional classroom instruction and non-traditional instruction through virtual learning in our Hardin County Learning Academy. It also allows more time for our state officials to give us more direction in regard to COVID-19.”

HCS officials are working on a calendar for staff and that will be shared at a later date.

The Aug. 24 start date would not eliminate fall break, winter break or spring break from the calendar. The last day of school on the proposed calendar will be May 21, 2021.

If a new school calendar is approved the first day of school for preschool students would be Sept. 1 and the last day for preschool students would be May 13, 2021.

See more details in Wednesday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.

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