Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020

GCS adjusts school start date

Greenville County Schools has moved the start-date for the 2020-21 school year from August 17 to August 24, which is one week later than our original plan.  The main reason for this change is to allow us time to reconstruct class rosters and allocate teachers in response to the new Virtual Program option.  Approximately 10,000 students have already enrolled ahead of the July 27 deadline to sign up.  

This change in the start-date will not affect the end-date of the school calendar.  Days will be made up as follows:

  • We are an approved eLearning district now, which means “snow days” are not required to be built into the calendar. Those three days will become school days
  • The first Monday of November, the day before the election, will change from a student and teacher holiday to a school day. Election Day, as mandated by law, will continue to be a student/teacher holiday.
  • A teacher workday/student holiday on January 15 will become a school day.
  • This gives us five additional attendance days to balance the five days we would have been in school from August 17-21. 

In keeping with the original calendar, teachers will still report to school August 10 for teacher work days used to prepare for the new year. Teachers will not be required to work the week of August 17. On other note: the professional workday/student holiday originally scheduled for October 19 has been moved to Friday, October 23. 


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