Teachers Make Last Minute Back-To-School Preparations


By Jessica Gertler

Classes start tomorrow for many public schools in Alabama, but it's a later start date than past years, after a new law changes the school calendar.

Teachers are fine-tuning their classrooms using the last few hours, before school starts Monday.

"Make sure I'm prepared tomorrow, and have everything I need in place," says Debra Johnson, fourth-grade teacher at Vaughn Road Elementary.

Johnson has become a pro at back-to-school-preparations.

The only thing she's adjusting to: a different calendar. A new state law requires the school year to start later, so Johnson has tweaked her lesson plans just in case her students need more time reviewing old material.


"They have been out, and having fun," Johnson says. "Sometimes we have to activate that learning a little bit, and kind of pull, so that we can continue on."


This is Katie Grant's first year setting up her classroom. She's the new special education teacher at Vaughn Road Elementary and has spent one month sprucing up her kid's space.


Grant has made some changes to her curriculum adding more hands-on activities for her students.


"I think the kids learn better when they're doing one-on-one,"  Grant says. "Feeling it. Touching it. Seeing it. I think that it will be better for them."


Because that's what it's all about. Making each school year better for Montgomery's students.


"I'm very excited. I can't wait. It's going to be a good year," says Grant.


Students will still have a Labor Day break, but their Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks will be cut short.


Students will still attend 180 days or 1,080 hours of schools.

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