Fourteen GCS Schools Headed Back This Week

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2019

Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

Fourteen GCS Schools Headed Back This Week
Early and middle colleges began Wednesday; extended-year opened Thursday

Greensboro, N.C. – The first days of school are here! On Wednesday, students from 11 early colleges, middle colleges and academies returned to class for the 2019-20 school year. Then on Thursday, students at three extended-year schools began their 2019-20 school years, which incorporate 20 extra days of instruction.

Click the links below for all GCS 2019-20 calendars:

* August 7 (Middle and Early Colleges and Academies<>, Early College at Guilford<>, Greensboro College Middle College<>, Middle College at UNCG<>)
* August 8 (Extended Year Calendar<>)
* August 26 (Traditional Academic Calendar<…>)

Several GCS schools will return on a different bell schedule<> than in previous years. The three middle colleges on a GTCC campus will have earlier start times to ensure they meet the state’s minimum number of instructional hours for students. In previous years those requirements were waived for Cooperative Innovative High Schools like these, but that waiver is no longer in effect.

Southwest High and Southwest Middle schedules were changed to alleviate traffic congestion and Twilight schedules were adjusted to reflect the expansion of services to three locations this school year.

The additional five minutes of instruction added last year remain for 2019-20 in order to give the district more flexibility in meeting state requirements when inclement weather causes cancellations or delays. By state law, schools must provide 1,025 hours of instructional time to students each year.

For additional updates and information, visit our Back to School page<>.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at<>.

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