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The Waxahachie ISD board of trustees passed its 2020-21 academic calendar during a special meeting Monday, June 29. The board reached its decision after reviewing feedback from employees and community members.

The 2020-21 academic calendar includes 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 gained by starting school four days early, as well as surplus minutes already built into the calendar) total 5,190 minutes, equating to 11.2 days. 

Discussion noted that the additional minutes and days of instruction will help meet state requirements should the district or a campus need to close due to a COVID-19 outbreak. It was also noted that even though 10 instructional minutes are added to each school day, the regular scheduled workday for teachers will not be extended.

The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 13. The board previously approved the start date at its June 8 meeting. Teachers report back Monday, Aug. 10.

Waxahachie ISD school hours are as follows.

• 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,” Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain said. “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.

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