The Board of Education at a special meeting July 17 approved an amended academic calendar that changes the start of the academic year for students from Wednesday, August 19th to Monday, August 31st. Staff will still report on the original return date of Tuesday, August 18th. This will give our staff ample time to set up their classrooms and buildings to accommodate the new safety protocols and engage in further planning. Parents will have more time to plan for child care. It will also hopefully give us more time as a community to flatten the pandemic curve. While the academic year for students will formally begin on August 31st, students will not necessarily report to their school building on that day. From August 31st to September 4th students will be engaged in an orientation period so that everyone can acclimate to the requirements of the unusual school year ahead.