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The Cleburne ISD board of trustees will vote on a recommendation to once again move the start date of the upcoming school year during their Monday meeting. 

The board is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. at the CISD Administrative Office, 505 N. Ridgeway Drive.

Board members on June 15 approved an Aug. 3 start date for the new year. 

The change was made with the goal of providing a strong academic start in response to the educational gaps created by the 44-day school closure during the spring semester, CISD Assistant Superintendent of Data, Research and School Improvement Chris Jackson said.

Daily new cases of COVID-19, relatively low at the time of the board’s June 15 meeting, have since increased nearly tenfold across the state, Jackson said.

Because of the recent surge in cases, the Superintendent’s Cabinet has suggested the following, in addition to pushing the start date to Aug 31:

• The first teacher workday would move from July 29 to Aug. 14.

• To maintain May 28 as the last day of school.

• To maintain the additional 15 minutes of daily instruction at elementary campuses.

• To provide 78,570 instructional minutes as opposed to the 75,600 required.

Those wishing to attend the meeting must wear a face covering to cover their mouth and nose. Limited seating will be available to enforce social distancing requirements.

Those wishing to address the board must sign up to do so by 6:55 p.m. Monday. Speakers will have three minutes to make comments concerning items on the agenda.

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