The Cumberland County School Board voted Friday night to move the first full day of school to August 12.
Three extra days will be used by teachers to prepare for virtual learning. Schools Director Dr. Ina Maxwell said more than 900 students have signed up for virtual learning.
“We’ve seen a very promising response,” Maxwell said.
Registration will be held August 5. Maxwell said that day will be important to school officials to accurately gauge what student attendance will be this school year. The school system will open a second sign-up window for virtual learning following registration day.
The three days being added to the front of the school year are administrative days being moved.
School Board Member Robert Safdie said he feared the system was rushing teachers and the start to school should be delayed further. Other school board members said they had heard from teachers who were feeling rushed.