The reason we adopted this policy is that we have had a recurring problem with students not being in their chairs ready to learn at the start of the new school year, which has a direct, negative financial impact on the school. Our average daily attendance for the first 20 days affects the overall level of funding our school receives from the State. For students who are not in attendance at the start of school, we are leaving dollars on the table that are supposed to fund those students throughout the year with no chance to recover those dollars. Obviously, each dollar is critically important, and we cannot afford to leave State funding on the table. This has become a significant enough issue to warrant board action.
The good news is that the board also approved calendars for the next two years (2020-21 and 2021-22), so you will soon have the information you will need to do your travel planning. Please make sure to have your children in school on Day 1, which is August 6 in 2020, and please do not pull your child out unnecessarily during the first month of school.
Thanks for listening, and have a wonderful week!