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CCISD board votes to designate district as year-round school system, adopts new calendar

Students will now be learning 11 out of 12 months with the only month they aren't in school being July.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It appears shorter summer breaks are in store for the CCISD students. This after CCISD trustees voted unanimously to adopt a year-round school system. The board members also approved a new school calendar.

They voted via video chat, ultimately deciding to go with option number four out of the four options on the table.

At first glance, it might not appear like a year-round calendar, but CCISD students will now be learning 11 out of 12 months with the only month they aren't in school being July. Summer breaks will also be shorter. The new calendar will be for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The Texas Education Agency asked districts to consider a year-round option due to the likely disruption that might occur due to the coronavirus.

Here's a closer look at what it means.

  • Students will start school on August 13.
  • The first semester ends January 14.
  • The second semester starts January 25.
  • The last day of school will be June 3.

School trustees said this calendar was the best option because it was balanced for families and aligns with other districts. 

"This is going to be an interesting year, and I know families are anxious to get their kids hopefully back in the classroom with their teachers," School Board President Janie Bell said. 

Officials said intersession breaks also provide flexibility if for instance there is a second wave of the coronavirus or if we experience bad weather. Students will still get the traditional holidays off like Thanksgiving week and Winter Break.

Hammering out the new calendar was the first phase of going back to school. The second phase, which still needs to be worked out, is figuring out the inner workings of teaching, and if distance learning will be a part of that.

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