Suburban school districts, which have hinted learning may look vastly different next month, are expected to roll out their plans this week.

One, Millington, has released its plan already. It calls for a choice by parents between virtual learning or a hybrid of virtual and in-person.

Public school systems in Shelby County are required to submit their plans to the Shelby County Health Department and Tennessee Board of Education for approval. The state board has ordered students must have 180 days of “quality instruction” for 6 1/2 hours each day, even if it’s via remote learning platforms.

Over the summer, suburban districts have said school could be in-person, remote or some hybrid of the two forms. They also noted they would follow guidance of the Health Department.

Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown and Lakeland are expected to release plans this week.

Lakeland, where school begins Aug. 10, plans to release its formal plan Wednesday. However, in a Facebook post, the district has said already that families may choose 100% remote learning. 

“The bottom line is we are going to do what is safe and healthy for our kids and teachers,” Millington Supt. Bo Griffin said.

If the Health Department allows schools to reopen, Millington will return to five days per week in-person learning. Griffin hopes school may return traditionally by January.

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