Summer break is about to end for an area school system, which typically starts and ends before their neighboring systems in North Carolina.
Johnson County Tennessee public schools roll back into class on Wednesday August 3rd. Students return for a half day, with no school on August 4th, and then the first full day on Friday August 5th.
Watauga County Schools first day for students is August 22, as is the case with Ashe and Avery. North Carolina schools are required to be in session at least 185 days OR for 1,025 hours of instruction. Schools are required to start no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26. This year that Monday falls on August 29. WCS has a one week waiver due to the history of days missed due to weather, hence the August 22 start date. As you can see in the history of start and stop dates below, this will be the latest WCS has started school.
Appalachian State first day of class begin Tuesday August 16.
Watauga campus of Caldwell Community College Fall classes begin Monday August 15.
Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk classes begin Monday August 15.