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Legislators: No early start date for schools this year

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — Members of the Pickens County Legislative Delegation told School District of Pickens County officials recently that the uniform start date for schools passed more than a decade ago will remain in place at least for the foreseeable future.

“I can safely tell you that you won’t have flexibility in the 2019-20 school year,” said State Rep. Neal Collins, who represents the Easley area. “I expect it to get hung up in the Senate. There are undercurrents, and it would be false if I told you it would happen in 2019-20.”

Prior to 2007-08, local districts had the authority to set the opening date for schools. However, state law now mandates that schools cannot open prior to the third Monday in August. The only exception came at the start of the 2017-18 academic year, when South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a joint resolution allowing a waiver for

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