How first day of school push-back is impacting local school districts


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Governor Parson recently signed legislation that pushes back the first day of school, starting the 2020-2021 school year, and can no longer start more than 14 days before the first Monday of September here in Missouri.

A number of school districts, including Springfield, are opposed to the bill that will push back school start dates for many reasons.

The main reason is to maintain local control. Stephen Hall, with Springfield Public Schools, said:

There was a little bit more ability for local school districts and local school boards to have control over their calendar and that allowed us to very closely align our schedule with local collegs and universities to try to make it as convenient as possible”.

But now, they can’t do that anymore, they have to push back the first day of school, impacting testing dates, breaks, etc.

Several school districts are adding the number of hours per day, so they have a longer summer. Springfield is not one of those districts. They are simply pushing back, and the summers will start later. The number of hours per day will remain the same as well.

Hall explained:

So, if we start later in August, we are going to go later in May or early June, depending on the number of snow days and other things in the yeawr, so we won’t reduce the number of days within the school year just to start later”.

1044 curriculum hours is what’s required for a school year and SPS currently has 172 days within the academic school year. Those numbers will also remain the same.

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