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Metro schools begin today; officials offer reminders

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There are a few things Metro students and parents need to know before the new school year starts Wednesday.

Seventh grader Deneen Zigzby gritted her teeth as she received several immunization shots Tuesday. Her mother said they have a long back-to-school list, but a stop to the Metro Public Health Department was the top priority.

The state of Tennessee requires children to have certain vaccines to attend school. Since Zigzby is about to enter seventh grade, she has to get four shots.

"Seventh graders will be required to have a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster, as well as a varicella, which most people know as chicken pox," said Brian Todd, with Metro Public Health.

Health officials briefly closed the immunization clinics Monday afternoon after supplies ran out, but they are now back open.

Todd said it's best to keep a record of your child's shots to show providers and your child's school when requested.

Wednesday is a half-day for all Metro students. They are off Thursday, and return to the classroom Friday.

School Supplies

Before you send your student off to class, make sure they have the necessary items in their backpack.

"Bring all the items on the list that you have. That's going to include for most students paper, pencils, pens and a pencil box. But an entire list is listed on every website for every school," said Susan York, customer service manager for Metro Schools.

Come Ready to Learn

Most importantly, make sure your young Einstein goes back to the classroom ready to learn.

"That means get a good night's rest, get up in the morning, have a nice organized morning, eat your breakfast and get started off on the right foot," York said.

Metro officials also remind parents to double-check their child's bus schedule and route.  Pickup locations can change from year-to-year, and make sure your child knows how to get home.

Increased Enrollment

About 81,000 students are expected to enroll in Metro schools this year, which is an increase of 1,600.  The school district has hired 90 new teachers. 

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