Revisions provide a later start date Tuesday, Sept. 8 (three weeks later than the original date) and complete remote learning with no in-person instruction the first four weeks of school.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, we have dedicated our efforts to prioritizing the safety of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Dr. King Davis. “Our school board understands the importance of a delayed start to the school year. The additional three weeks allow more time for social distancing in our community, safety training for our staff and additional opportunities for professional development.”
Revisions to the calendar include:
- New start date of Tuesday, Sept. 8
- Complete virtual learning for all students through Friday, Oct. 2
- Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, SISD will begin offering in-person instruction in addition to Sheldon on Demand (based on parent declarations made in Skyward). You will have the opportunity to change your declaration mid-September as we prepare to open the doors in October.
- There will be no school on Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)
- The last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 10.
Sheldon ISD administration has been preparing multiple scenarios for the start of the 2020-21 school year, including providing on-site learning and remote learning (Sheldon On Demand). In early July, the district gave families the opportunity to declare their preference for their child’s education - online or in person. Currently, Sheldon ISD is finalizing plans for Sheldon On Demand (online learning) as well as Sheldon ON Site (in-person learning) and will present the plans to the community before we open the school doors in October.
“We continue to learn something new each day from the state, but we must prepare and be ready to support our students academically, socially and emotionally,” said Davis. “SISD is committed to every child, every day whether they are learning at home or in our classrooms. We want to provide flexible options to our families that meet their individual needs.”
Sheldon ISD will continue to monitor developments from health officials. To keep families informed, the district has launched Start in Sheldon 2020-21 as an information hub for parents to find back-to-school information. The web page sheldonisd.com/start2020/ will be updated regularly as decisions are made.