The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees passed the 2020-21 academic calendar during a special meeting on Monday, June 29, 2020.
The Board came to a decision after it reviewed valuable feedback from employees and community members.
The 2020-21 academic calendar will include 10 additional instructional minutes to the end of each school day. The minimum required minutes of instruction for the state is 75,600 minutes. The additional minutes (plus additional minutes gain by starting school four days early, as well as surplus minutes already built into the calendar) will total 5,190 minutes, equating to 11.2 days.
Additional minutes and days of instruction will help meet state requirements should the district or a campus need to close due to a Coronavirus outbreak.
- Start of School - Thursday, August 13
The first day of school is Thursday, August 13. The WISD Board of Trustees approved the start date at the June 8, 2020 meeting. Teachers will still report back Monday, August 10.
Even though 10 instructional minutes will be added to each school day, the regular scheduled workday for teachers will not be extended.
Waxahachie ISD School Hours:
Prekindergarten: 7:40 a.m. — 2:55 p.m.
Elementary Campuses: 7:40 a.m. — 3:20 p.m.
Secondary Campuses: 8:25 a.m. — 4:05 p.m.
“The Board has worked tirelessly to review feedback and implement a calendar that prepares the district for a worst-case scenario,” said Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain. “With the amended schedule, the number of required instructional hours are met. We appreciate the patience of our families and employees.”
The Board also approved to authorize the expenditure of up to $300,000 to purchase additional technological devices.