Lewisville ISD delays first day of school one week

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The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees decided Tuesday to push back the first day of school from Aug. 12 to Aug. 19 this year.

In a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board voted to delay the beginning of the 2020-21 school year to give teachers and schools more time to adapt to any changes that may be made because of the coronavirus pandemic, such as training for virtual courses.

“While we recognize the hardship of shifting the start date back an additional week for families, this time will provide the district additional time to finalize plans and training to start the school year, and more time for our families to make a choice between in-person or virtual learning for their students,” the district said in a news release. LISD staff return date and contract days are not impacted by the change.

In addition, the district also is extending each school day by 25 minutes to help “bank” minutes, so that if the need arises to close for a period of time, the district may not have to add days to the end of the school year. The district still plans to end the school year during the week before Memorial Day 2021.

The district announced Monday that parents will choose between in-person and virtual learning options for their students. There will be a third option for middle and high school students to participate in virtual learning from home, with some elective courses in person. The district says it will take many health and safety precautions and procedures to try to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Families will have until July 22 to finalize their selections, and they can modify their choice until two weeks before the first day of school. Click here for more information.

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