Posted Date: 06/17/2020
Malakoff ISD to Increase School Day
As you are aware, COVID 19 is still at the forefront of all our thoughts and concerns. As educators, we are monitoring an ever-changing environment. The state has encouraged school districts to prepare for any potential shutdowns during the coming school year. With all the uncertainty, many school districts have changed their calendars. Some of these calendars have start dates as early as August 3rd and end dates as late as June 15th.
After much thought and consideration, Malakoff ISD has adopted a plan to keep our start and end dates the same for the 2020-21 school year. The Texas Education Agency allows districts to have a calendar based on a minimum of 75,600 instructional minutes instead of days. We have always added extra minutes to our school calendar for emergencies. We can gain enough minutes to cover ten days in case we face another closure by adding minutes to our school day.
The MISD calendar will stay as previously published. We will add 10 minutes to the end of each day for the 2020-21 school year. The board and administration of MISD feel this is the best option for the students, faculty, and community. The change would make our end of school day 3:35.
We also wanted parents and students to know we are working on plans to open our schools in August, using the safest manner possible for students and staff. The safety of our students and staff will always be a top priority. We will continue to work on these plans during the summer months. As the district is updated by the state, we will continue to update all stakeholders.
We also want to thank everyone for their flexibility during these challenging times. I could not have been prouder of how our students and staff adapted to an online environment. I am always impressed with how our Tiger nation handles adversity. We are very thankful for our parental support as well. We know the time and effort you made to help your students last spring.
We are looking forward to starting next year and watching our students continuing their successful ways. Please stay safe and contact your campus Principals if you have any questions. It is always great to be a Tiger!