LISD board members approved the amendment to the 2020-21 academic calendar at a special meeting July 14.
Pushing the start date back by a week allows for flexibility for online training and technical preparation for the school year, district administration shared.
This will also move the final date for parents who might change their decision for online or in-person learning for their child to Aug. 5, two weeks before school starts. Parents are expected to receive information on the initial deadline for learning decisions beginning July 15.
Staff are still expected to report for professional learning Aug. 4 but will likely be given a work day Aug. 7. Additional trainings the week of Aug. 10 will focus on those teaching virtually and preparing all staff for the possibility of another district closure, in which all learning would move online.
Additional changes to the calendar, including the possibility of a school closure on Election Day, Nov. 3, and the addition of days to the end of the calendar if needed, are expected to be discussed at later meetings.