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The Cheatham County School District held its third annual “Stuff the Bus” event last Saturday. During the four-hour event, buses were open at six locations in Cheatham County for members of the community to drop off school supplies. Monetary donations were accepted as well. Shoppers at some of the locations also made donations. Stuff the Bus volunteers who set up in the Dollar General Market parking lot on Ren Mar Drive in Pleasant View were (from the left): Brandon Scruggs, SRO Cheatham Middle School; Jason Pierschbacher, Pleasant View Elementary principal; David Casesa, Sycamore Middle special education teacher; Peggy Casesa, Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy; and Naco Johnson, Pleasant View Elementary Special Education Assistant. RANDY MOOMAW

The Cheatham County School District was granted a waiver by the Tennessee Department of Education to use three of the district’s stockpile days to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year for students.

The first day for students in grades 1-9 will be Thursday, Aug. 13 with a 10:45 a.m. dismissal. The first full day for students in grades 1-12 will be Friday, Aug. 14.

The first full day for Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be Thursday, Aug. 20 (schools will contact families about Pre-K and Kindergarten testing days).

This decision:

• Allows faculty and staff time for specific training and application on digital-blended learning and health and safety protocols before students are back in session.

• Allows students to pick-up their district-issued laptops and schedules at their individual schools. Additional information will be communicated with our families on the school level, but the pick-up dates will be Aug. 10, Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.

• Allows the Transportation Department time to determine bus routes based upon families selecting bus transportation.

The district has 13 stockpile days in the 2020-2021 school year. One stockpile day is being used Nov. 3 for Election Day as several schools serve as voting precincts. Another stockpile day is being used Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

After using the three stockpile days Aug. 10-12 as well as Nov. 3 and Nov. 11, that will leave the district with eight stockpile days.

Other than changing the start date of the school year, the school calendar will remain the same, including fall break, winter break, spring break and graduation dates that have already been established.

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