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School calendar approved

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Mid-Del School recently announced the calendar for the 2024-25 school year.

The school year will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2024, and the last day of classes will be May 21, 2025.

There will be no school on Sept. 2 (Labor Day), Sept. 16 (professional development), Oct. 18-21 (Fall Break), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), Nov. 25-29 (Thanksgiving), Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 (Winter Break), Jan. 6 (professional development), Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Feb. 17 (professional development), March 17-21 (Spring Break), April 18 (Good Friday) and May 2 (Weather day).

Graduation has not yet been scheduled and will likely be announced in April.

One of the biggest changes will be the addition of two planned virtual days, which will not have in-person instruction. They will be Sept. 27 and Feb. 7.

The virtual days will include time for instruction, teacher collaboration, and individual planning.
Superintendent Rick Cobb said virtual days can be beneficial, especially to allow time for teachers to collaborate with each other.

“I want our teachers to have more time to talk about their craft and the best people for them to talk about is each other,” Cobb said.

Cobb said it will also allow schools to test their capabilities for virtual learning.

The district upgraded its technology during the pandemic with the addition of programs like Canvas, a learning management system, and iPads and Chromebooks for all students. Cobb said he was impressed with how students have adapted to the devices.

Gina Standridge, school board member, asked about including more virtual days in the calendar. Cobb said he believed two days would be a good start and they can evaluate it later. A big factor will be the level of participation from teachers and students.

“If those are well attended then I’m open to having more virtual days in calendar,” Cobb said. “If there is high absenteeism with employees then I’ll lose interest in that conversation pretty fast.”

Cobb said they need to be mindful of parents’ schedules.

“We need to balance that with the need of families to work,” he said. “That’s something we tried to balance during pandemic it was a challenge.”

The Mid-Del Calendar Committee met Nov. 16 to plan the proposed calendar. A districtwide survey was sent out and this version of the calendar received 58% of the vote.

The school board approved the calendar at the December board meeting.

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