WREG looks back over first week of SCS school year

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Friday marked the fifth day of the school year for Shelby County Schools.

That's the same number of days that, without a good excuse, could mark a student as truant.

At the district's Welcome Center, WREG found several families trying to get their kids registered for school.

The district said that as of Friday, there were more than 96,000 students registered.

That number was up 7,000 since the school year started Monday.

That's 88% of SCS' projected enrollment.

This was the first year of online registration, and the district said registrations often continue into the beginning of the school year.

Earlier this week, WREG learned of a new complaint.

There were reports the online system possibly sent students to different schools.

"They sent her [his daughter] to a school a world away from where we live," one father told WREG Wednesday.

He said that at that point, he had missed five days of work trying to get the issue figured out.

"We found some errors were attributed to glitches, the incorrect parent information on file with the district, or students with pending transfer requests," the district told WREG in a statement. "Many of these were resolved well before the start of school."

SCS stressed a long registration window provided time to clear these questions up, but Student Services is still working with parents to help.

Over the past week, several parents have complained about kids dropped off at the wrong bus stops and not enough room for sidewalks.

The district said it might have its first truancy numbers next week.

It also said that for a district of its size, the first week went relatively smoothly.

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