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Following TEA guidance, Trustees call Special Meeting to change 2020-21 Calendar

The Board of School Trustees will meet in a Special Called Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 10 via a virtual platform to discuss and consider changes to the previously approved 2020-21 School Year Academic Calendar.

On July 7, the Texas Education Agency released guidelines to all Texas schools which recommended to districts that campuses re-open with face-to-face learning.

“Both as Commissioner and as a public-school parent, my number one priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “That is why the guidance laid out today will provide flexibility to both parents and districts to make decisions based on the ever-changing conditions of this public health crisis.”

On Friday, it is anticipated that the Denton ISD Board of Trustees will change the first day of instruction for students to Wednesday, Aug. 26, a two-week change from the previously approved date of Wednesday, Aug. 12. Teachers will return Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The proposed calendar moves all “Teacher Workdays” to the front of the academic calendar for preparation and keeps all major and national holidays intact.  The last day of instruction for students will be Friday, May 28.

The district recently received the results of a staff/employee survey and reviewed the results of a parent survey at the June 23 Regular Trustees Meeting. Both surveys indicated that more than 70 percent of respondents wish to return to face-to-face instruction with new safety and wellness protocols as recommended by the Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Denton ISD began releasing parent registration information on Wednesday, July 8 via direct emails to currently enrolled families. Parents should check the email address they have on file with the district during the next 72-hours for their invitation and “snapcode.”

Information regarding the options to attend school on campus with face-to-face learning or ConnectedLearning, the virtual learning option, is available at www.dentonisd.org/backtoschool.

As COVID-19 cases increase in Denton County, the district will work closely with the Texas Education Agency and state/local health experts before launching in-person instruction this fall. 

“By pushing the official start date to August 26, we will have our staff on-hand to practice all safety protocols and build even greater expectations for student learning,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “Our staff is very adept at face-to-face instruction, which is what we want more than anything, having a few extra days is essential as we ensure safety protocols are in place for the comfort level of our families and staff.”