EPISD Board revises 2020-21 academic calendar, adding flexibility due to COVID-19

The El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday revised the 2020-21 academic calendar to better prepare for the potential need for closures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The new calendar gives us the flexibility to deal with a potential second outbreak of the COVID-19 virus so that the impact on teaching and learning is minimized,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera.

“We know the new calendar will take some getting used to, but I am confident that our students, teachers and community will work together to help us cope with uncertainty during these difficult times.”

EPISD officials said the strategically placed breaks throughout the year will allow them to asses and plan for student learning, anticipate future disruptions, provide remediation for students who need it and train staff.

The changes mean students and instructional staff will start the year earlier than in previous years. They also create intersessions throughout the school year.

The first day of school for students will now be August 3. Teachers will report for duty on July 27.

The last day of instruction will be on June 8.

Other highlights from the new calendar include:

· A fall intersession on Oct. 5-16.
· A spring intersession on March 8-12.
· Winter break will be Dec.18-Jan. 5.
· Spring break will remain March 15-19

According to district officials, the newly approved calendar increases the instructional days to 180 from 177. It also increases the instructional minutes to 76,830 from 76,610.

EPISD officials add that the calendar is “aligned with recommendations from the Texas Education Agency regarding pandemic preparedness and is aligned with the calendars other districts in the region are approving.”

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