Board Approves First Day of School Delay to September 8, Fall Reopening Plan
Fall Reopening Plan Approved By Board of Trustees
At a special meeting of the West Ada School Board on August 4, 2020 the board made the decision to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year to September 8 from the original start date of August 27. Last Day of School for Traditional Calendar Schools is June 9, 2020 and the last Day of School for Modified Calendar Schools is June 23, 2020
The board reached the decision by taking into consideration guidance from medical professionals and a recommendation from the West Ada School District administration. As a district, we are committed to ensuring our plans to open, whether it is in yellow or red, are successful. This delay will give us the much-needed time in order to do that. This will also give the district more time for training for staff and to deploy technology that will allow us to increase valuable student-teacher interaction as we prepare for the possibility of the yellow or red scenario.
By delaying the start of the school year, it will allow us to open in a yellow scenario if COVID-19 numbers trend down prior to September 8. At the August 25 school board meeting, the board will make the decision whether we are going back to school in a yellow or red scenario.
“We cannot fail, we have to be successful in whatever we choose. Anything we can do to set ourselves up for success would be the best,” Dr. Mary Ann Ranells, Superintendent West Ada School District.
We encourage parents who have concerns sending their children back to school to utilize our Virtual Schoolhouse, https://www.westada.org/VSH. This allows parents an option when it comes to making the decision that is best for their family.
We want students face to face with our teachers as soon as possible, but we must make sure we can do it safely for students, staff, and the community.
Recap - The following actions were approved:
- The first day of school is set to September 8, 2020, for both traditional and modified calendars.
- Last Day of School for Traditional Calendar Schools is June 9, 2021
- Last Day of School for Modified Calendar Schools is June 23, 2021
- Board approved the fall reopening plan.
- The board will make the decision whether we are going back to school in a yellow or red scenario, at the August 25 school board meeting.