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Southern Indiana students prepare for school year after shortest summer ever

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the shortest summer students in southern Indiana have ever seen.

And this school year is going to bring changes for some.

Cute as can be and ready for the coming year, Addison East needs just two more items on on her back-to-school shopping list. 

"I just got to get my lunchbox and my snacks," East said.

But the teachers in the South Harrison school district may be feeling a bit more of a rush: class starts on Tuesday

Leaders are rolling out a new career curriculum for all 8th and 9th graders this year, and incorporating devices -- such as laptops or iPads -- in every grade. 

"It's blending technology with your hands-on learning experience and bringing a different avenue for students who may be more tech savvy," said Sue Lanham, the South Harrison School District e-Learning Coordinator.

Most southern Indiana school districts adopted a new calendar system this year, leaving only six weeks for summer. Public schools in Harrison, Clark and Floyd counties, among others, start this week.  

But the biggest test on the first day at Floyd Central High school may be getting kids to school. 

"I think that well be the challenge, even for teachers trying to get here on time and making sure the classroom is open and no one is standing in the hall wondering where I am," said Carol Dilk, a Floyd Central High School teacher.

Old Vincennes Road is closed for construction. The north detour includes US 150 to Edwardsville-Galena Road. The alternate route south is SR 64 to Oaks Road and then Edwardsville-Galena Road.

With thousands needing to get to the school, the recommendation is to leave at least 30 minutes early. 

"We've been meeting with the county and the county is putting police officers at the intersection of Edwardsville Galena Road and Hwy. 150 and two other locations to direct traffic," said Bill Wiseheart, NAFC Director of Facilities.

And teachers say they'll be tender on the tardies.

"For the first couple of days we just have to be, we have to be," Dilk said.

School starts in Floyd County on Wednesday.

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