Believe it or not, the start of school is just around the corner in Nashville. This is the first year Metro Nashville Public Schools is using a balanced calendar, so school officials are preparing for an earlier start than in previous years.
Teague Wilson is spending part of his summer volunteering with Generation Connection, but in three weeks he will be headed back to class at Hume-Fogg High School.
"Summer's too long anyway. I know you probably don't hear that from many teenagers, but yeah," Wilson said.
With the first day of classes set for Aug. 1, Metro Schools leaders said now is the time to start getting transportation and other school questions answered. And if you're a parent of a seventh grader, it's time to get those necessary immunizations.
"If they don't come to school ready with those immunizations, then they won't be able to continue in school," said MNPS spokesperson Olivia Brown.
Also new this year will be two intersessions during which students will have expanded opportunities to learn.
"We will be printing a program guide so parents can see what's available in their schools, what's available in the community and if there are things there they want their children to participate in," Brown said.
Key dates to remember, other than that Aug. 1 start for classes, include the first intersession from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, fall break on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, then winter break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4.
Spring intersession is set from March 18 to March 22, followed by spring break from March 25 to March 29. The final day of classes will be May 24.
School officials remind parents to have their students prepared for school with the necessary supplies, including notebook paper, backpacks and pencils.
Mayor Karl Dean's back-to-school supply drive seeks to fill the gap for those who may not be able to afford all they need. From now until July 20, Metro departments are competing to gather the most school supplies for teachers and students.
Anyone who wants to donate school supplies can drop them off at any Nashville Public Library branch, Metro police station, Nashville Fire Department station or Metro community center.
MNPS officials also encourage parents to check out the district's Back-to-School guide, so there aren't any surprises on the first day.
"Students will probably find, and families will find when they actually arrive, there will be some specific needs for their classroom and their school. But they can find the basic supply list there," Brown said.