Atlantic School 2020-21 Start Date Still Set For Week Of Aug. 23, Superintendent Says

School officials in Atlantic say the 2020-21 is tentative set to start around Aug. 23, although that date could change depending on what plans are made for students returning to school in the fall

ATLANTIC – As Atlantic School officials work on plans to educate students in the future due to the coronavirus outbreak, one part — the start date for next school year — has been tentatively set for the week of Aug. 23.

Earlier this month, Governor Kim Reynolds said in one of her proclamations that school officials do not have to follow Iowa Code for the 2020-21 school year which states that districts can not start before Aug. 23.

“As if right now, we are starting (around) Aug. 23,” Atlantic Superintendent Steve Barber said Monday morning. “The board has approved a calendar that began Aug. 23, so as of right now that’s that’s the calendar that we will be following.”

According to the district calendar, the first day is set for Aug. 24. Teacher in service days are scheduled for Aug. 19,20 and 21.

However, districts are in the middle of working on return to learn plan, which includes creating include an online learning plan, a hybrid plan-which is a combination of online learning and at school learning, and at school learning plan as well as plan to reopen the school for at school learning. The online learning plan needs to be approved by the Department of Education, and that plan is due to to officials there by July 1.

Barber said school officials are continuing to create those plans, and it’s possible the school start date could change in regard to those plans.

“We’re in the early stage of our return to learn conversations,” Barber said. “If in fact we do some things (differently with the plans) with the return to learn piece, then the board will approve a different calendar.”

Barber said previously he hope to discuss those plans more with the Atlantic School Board during its work session, which is set for May 27.