Bibb County schools will now start on Monday, Aug. 5, rather than Thursday, Aug. 1.
At their meeting on Thursday the Bibb County Board of Education approved a request by Interim Superintendent Steve Smith to move the first day of school back two days.
Smith requested the delay to give system employees more time to prepare for the approaching school year.
"I believe that teachers who are better prepared will have a more successful start to the school year," Smith said in a press release.
Teachers will not officially return to work until July 29 and have training sessions on the first two days, which, under the original plan, would have only given them one day to prepare their classrooms and hold open houses.
Neither employee contract days nor scheduled breaks will be affected by the change.
The two days that have been cut from the calendar will not be replaced, lowering the number of student days to 176 for the upcoming school year.
To see the district's 2012-2013 calendar, click here.