Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees vote to start school on Sept. 1

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees have voted to start school on September 1.

Superintendent Doug Loomis noted without a delay, AISD teachers would have just eight days to incorporate the new changes and objectives.

That vote was made in Tuesday’s board meeting.

The board said part of the reason they have pushed the start date to September 1 is allow teachers to prepare to return to the classroom as well as to learn the virtual teaching system.

“Anybody that thinks they have the exact right start date is crazy. Sorry maybe, I shouldn’t say that so strongly. We just don’t know. We’re trying to do what’s best. It may be the wrong decision a week away from now, it may be the wrong decision three weeks from now, but we got to give our stakeholders and our teachers some sort of certainty and give them a start date,” said Doyle Carter, Amarillo ISD Board Member.

We spoke with the President of the Amarillo Education Association, Aaron Phillips about what this means for teachers in the upcoming school year.

“This shows us the school board backs us up and understands we need time to get our schools ready to bring kiddos in and make that as safe for students, safe for staff and that and a really strong start to the school year,” said Phillips.

Phillips said the Amarillo Education Association did ask the Amarillo ISD board for the school year to be pushed back to September 8, but said this is still a step in the right direction in the protection of students and teachers.

Phillips said that the eight additional school days give them enough cushioning and that teachers will get in and get the job done.

The goal right now is to still have the last day of school on May 28, unless the district has to make up minutes.

Parents can continue to register students for school through August 7.

Watch a replay of the meeting in two parts below:

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The board of trustees will:

  • Consider approving revisions to the 2020-2021 school calendar
  • Consider adopting a Resolution regarding employee leave related to COVID-19

We will have more information as it becomes available.


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