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Hall County Schools reports smooth first day with small increase in students
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Students make their way through the hall for a tour of the school Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, during the first day of the 2019-20 academic year at Martin Technology Academy in Flowery Branch. - photo by Austin Steele

Hall County Schools started the 2019-20 school year with no major hiccups and bringing in an extra 139 students compared to last year.

Stan Lewis, Hall’s director of communications and athletics, reported a head count on day one of 25,519 students in the district. Of that number, Hall elementary schools counted 11,110 students, which is a decrease of 178 from last year. Middle schools had 6,447 students, showing an increase of 164 students, and high schools reported 7,962 students with an increase of 153.

Lewis said the small increase in the first day head count is on par with what the system usually experiences. 

He expects the numbers to gradually rise over the next couple of days for a number of reasons. 

“Families go through changes and sometimes those changes impact where they go to school,” he said. “A lot of the time, instead of coming to school in the summer, they show up on day one and that’s a process.”

For all schools, he said day one is about students getting acclimated to their schedules. Even if a student does come in three days after schools starts or in the middle of the year, Lewis said the teachers know how to react appropriately. 

“We’ve got an incredible staff that works very hard to make sure kids are getting the right info to be successful,” he said. “Mr. Schofield and his team are extremely proud of the start that we have and we look forward to a great 2019-2020 in Hall County.”

Gainesville City Schools will release its head count numbers on Monday, Aug. 19