Denton Independent School District
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- Denton Independent School District
Trustees Change 2020-21 Academic Calendar, School Starts Aug. 26
The Board of School Trustees met in a Special Called Meeting on Friday, July 10 and approved revisions to the Academic Calendar including the first day of instruction for students to Wednesday, Aug. 26, a two week change from the previously approved date. The start date for teachers will remain the week of August 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 remains Thursday, May 27.
“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 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.”
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.
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).
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.