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Kemp ISD announces earlier start for ’20-21

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Kemp schools will begin one week earlier Aug. 10


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KEMP–The Kemp Independent School District school board announced at their regular meeting Jan. 15 that the 2020-21 school year will begin seven days earlier.
The changes to the upcoming school year’s calendar are due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected schools and businesses since early March.
“We’re adopting this as is, knowing that if any new changes come up, we’ll have to review it again,” said Dr. Douglas Moore, Interim Kemp ISD Superintendent.
“We have 23 days in here (the new calendar) during the year that if something happens where we can take off, but we’ll still have to make up the time. You’re going to have to make up the time if anything happens this year.”
Should the district not use up those days, they could look at time off but the schedule, much like the pandemic, is an ever-evolving situation and things can change should an outbreak or COVID-19 situation happen or not.
The 2020-21 academic school year would begin Aug. 10, a full week earlier than what was expected. Classes will also begin 15 minutes earlier in the morning and end 15 minutes later in the afternoon to make up minutes in case the district should have to shut down due to COVID-19.
In other business, the school board:
•Approved the revised minutes of the May 11, 2020 special school board meeting, the minutes of the May 18, 2020 regular school board meeting, the minutes from the May 27, 2020 special school board meeting and the minutes of the June 1, 2020 special school board meeting.
•Heard financial monthly reports.
•Approved the authorization form, resolution, signatory amendment and authorization letter to allow Jerri Henderson to act on behalf of Kemp ISD with investment accounts and bank.
•Approved the submission of a waiver to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for both the missed school days: off and closed campus days for the 2019-20 school year according to the TEA waiver submission process.
•Approved purchasing of network switches, access points and installation support through Cenergy.
•Approved the purchase of Family Zone/LineWize Filtering solution through the reseller BorderLAN security for web filter solutions that will carry from the 2020-21 school year through the 2022-23 school year.
•Discussed the process of establishing a pandemic calendar, budget preparation and the notifications of new hires in the future.