Editor's note: This story was updated to correct Murfreesboro City Schools' schedule for Wednesday classes.

Back-to-school is nearly ready to go live, and teachers have been working hard preparing for the start of classes.

Murfreesboro City Schools students will attend a half-hour day on Wednesday, with the first full day being Monday, Aug. 5. Kindergarteners’ first day will be either Tuesday, Aug. 6 (for last names ending between A-L), or Wednesday, Aug. 7 (for all other last names).

Rutherford County Schools’ first day, two hours in length, will be Tuesday, Aug. 6. Thursday, Aug. 8 will be the first full day.

Ginny Urban, a new teacher, is one of hundreds of educators throughout the community who have been preparing for school. Urban will spend her first year as an educator teaching second grade at Bradley Academy.

Urban was already busy setting up her new classroom with rugs, lamps and maps. Some of her supplies were bought and saved by her parents during her college years at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She said she was looking forward to attending training classes for new teachers in the city school system as well as in-service training.

“It’s a lot to learn,” she said of her first back-to-school season. “There are a lot of moving parts.”

The start of her first school year is different than she envisioned but will be one she will never forget, which is good, she said.

The start of the year also marks a first for her principal, Raeshon Torres, as this is his first year as a head principal. He said he has been with MCS for nearly 17 years, and most recently was assistant principal at Overall Creek Elementary School.

Back-to-school is different as a principal versus as an assistant principal, he said.

“I’m the one who has to make the decisions on what back-to-school looks like,” Torres said, which includes making policies and building relationships within the community.

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