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The first day of school for students in the Tuscaloosa County School System will be Thursday, Aug. 20.

Tuscaloosa County School System Superintendent Walter Davie said the official calendar has been adjusted for the 2020-’21 school year.

“We’re maintaining 178 days of school,” Davie said, “and then we readjusted some things so there won’t be quite as many breaks in the school year.”

Davie said refocusing children on learning goals will be important. He also said more than 5,300 students in Tuscaloosa County are without internet access, so plans are underway to provide virtual learning solutions.

“We need to do all we can to recoup the learning losses that we have and get back into a regular school mindset the best we can,” Davie said.

Davie’s announcement comes on the heels State Superintendent Eric Mackey urging school systems to delay the school year until at least August 20.

The start of the 2020-’21 school year will also be August 20 for students in the Tuscaloosa City School System.

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