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Board sets Aug. 26 return date for students; preschoolers to return on Sept. 2
       The Ballard County Board of Education set Aug. 26 as its return date for students at its July meeting last night. Preschoolers will return Sept. 2. In-person and virtual instruction options will be offered.
       A video from Superintendent Dr. Casey Allen may be .here

Dr. Allen said the date will take advantage of state legislation that allows schools starting later to use fewer days for the same 1,062 hours of instruction. In this amended calendar, students and families still will have fall, winter and spring breaks, and the last day of school for students is set for May 21, 2021. He added that the district would make any changes required by the state as the year progresses.

“We still believe that in-person, live teaching is best for kids,” Dr. Allen said. “However, we will have online/virtual options available. We will get details to parents a little later, and ask for their input on their decision for their children. We want to have an instructional program that works for every child.”

He continued, “District administrators continue to take in daily updates. We will do what’s best for families, students, and staff, to keep them safe.” Dr. Allen said that the district will be addressing family concerns from a recent survey in the coming weeks leading up to the start of school. That will include information about masks, athletics and other topics.

Also, for this year, bus routes and pickup/drop off times will stay the same, he added. 

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