Students, teachers start first day of class in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Summer break is over and school is back in session for many kids in Shelby County.

If you're child is returning to the district, you do not have to register, but new students to the district do.

SCS also wants to remind parents their children need to be up-to-date on all the required immunizations.

If your child is taking the bus to school be sure to sign them up online.

Monday is not just the first day for Shelby County, but the first day for several other schools across the Mid-South.  Arlington, Bartlet, Collierville, Germantown and Lakeland will be back in session too.  Blytheville schools and Fayette County are back Monday mornings as well.

Additionally, here's a lesson for Shelby County parents--according to school leaders.  If students are not reading at grade level by the time they reach the third grade, half of what they're taught will not be understood.  The district has since launched a renewed focus on reading readiness, called 'The 3rd Grade Commitment. '

"This is important, we have to get it right," Delano Optional Elementary Principal Shadonica Scruggs said.  The long-time educator added no child will  be left behind, "all means all, of our students are reading at or above grade level."

Scruggs is on a mission to drum up support. It's a call for action parent Jacelyn Matthews answered years ago in order to help her son excel.

"It's hard out here in the world, you know, so you have to have a steady foundation," Matthews said.

District leaders are hopeful the community will take part in the #Commit2Literacy Challenge.

Click below for more information.

http://www.scsk12.org/challenge/?PID=1507

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