Due to the passage of Missouri House Bill 604, Rockwood School District is beginning the process of revising its calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.
Gov. Mike Parson signed the legislation into law July 12. It bars public school districts in the state from starting the school year more than 14 calendar days before the first Monday in September each year.
While the Rockwood Board of Education
initially approved a 2020-2021 calendar in March that provided for an Aug. 11 start date, the new law makes it so that the earliest school can start next year would be Aug. 24.
The district's calendar committee
, led by Dr. Tracy Edwards, director human resources, and composed of Rockwood students, parents, administrators and staff, will meet Aug. 22 to begin revising the 2020-2021 calendar.
After an Aug. 28 presentation at the PTO Presidents' Forum
meeting, the committee will seek community feedback through Sept. 13. The plan is to present a new 2020-2021 calendar for consideration at the Sept. 26 board meeting.
"We know that our students and parents plan well in advance, so we want to give them plenty of notice," Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles told FOX 2 News
on Monday. "We try to look at the impact upon our students and the academic impact first."
The 2019-2020 school year begins Aug. 12.