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Maize Board of Education unanimously approves Sept. 8 as first day of school for 2020-21

During the Monday, July 27 Maize Board of Education special meeting, members approved a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year. The first day now will be Sept. 8, following the Labor Day weekend. Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Maize USD 266, recommended the delayed start for the sake of the health and safety of all of OneMa1ze. The decision is a complex and difficult one for leaders and the community, as we collectively weigh multiple data points and risks that affect lives, education, the economy, families, and more. The extra time before school starts allows necessary time for the district to finalize safety protocols and provide needed professional development for educators and employees while we hope for a diminished rate of positive COVID-19 cases in our community. District leaders and board members have reviewed more than 200 e-mails and communications from parents, community members, and employees regarding the back-to-school plan. 

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Next, district leaders and the district’s calendar committee of educators will review options for a revised 2020-21 school year calendar. In addition to the rescheduled first day of school, the calendar also may include changes to school/holiday breaks, professional development days, the daily school bell schedule, and the last day of school. Maize USD 266, like other Kansas public school districts, must ensure that its school year calendar meets required instructional hours as mandated by the state. The Maize Board of Education must approve changes to the calendar. 

At the same time, Maize educators and administrators will continue to formulate the Together for Tomorrow (T4T) Reopening Plan, which will address multiple components, including learning formats, safety and operational protocols, weekly schedules, and visitor guidelines.

The Maize Board of Education’s next scheduled meeting is its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

Please watch for additional details to come to our resource page at www.usd266.com/T4TReopeningPlan as we expand our Q&A document.