Mustang Public Schools Delays 2020-2021 Start Date To August 24, 2020
(Mustang, Oklahoma – July 29, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the landscape for schools across the country, and the latest change will come to the Mustang Public School (MPS) calendar by changing the date that students return for the 2020-21 school year to August 24 (from August 14).
The MPS School Board met on July 13 and voted to, among other things, move the student return date to August 14 to give staff an additional day of training to learn new learning and content management systems. At that time, the Board felt very strongly that if further changes in the schedule were needed, that Mr Bradley should be given the authority to adjust, and as such, they voted to give him that temporary authority. “The decision to delay students' start date further to August 24 is based on many factors,” MPS Superintendent Charles Bradley said. “The more time that we are able to give to our staff to become comfortable with these new programs, the better the setup for student success will be. These new programs will allow us to be prepared for our learning options (M.O.R.S.E.Y.), including Mustang Virtual Academy, and also to be prepared in the event that a move to Distance Learning is necessitated due to an extended school closure.”
“The additional pre-planning time will be used for professional learning,” Director of Communications Kirk Wilson said. All employees will receive training on COVID-19 safety protocols within their work sites, learning and content management systems, and strategies to support students as they transition back to school. “August 24 also gives additional time to monitor the numbers of positive [COVID-19] cases and the levels of community spread.”
Any changes to the school calendar are first run through the district’s calendar committee (an advisory group of school-based staff and district administrators who are charged with building the school-year calendar) who voted overwhelmingly for this change in the schedule.
Summary of the two calendars:
Summary of changes to the proposed calendar
Thursday, Sept. 17 is currently a Professional Development day. The 17th would become a regular instructional day and that PD day would move to the front of the calendar.
Parent-Teacher conferences would be eliminated. Families would be able to schedule conferences with teachers as needed. This would allow MPS students to gain 1 instructional day each semester.
Once the calendar is officially adopted it will be posted online, and updates on “Back To School events” will be communicated as soon as possible by the individual schools, Wilson said.
“As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” MPS Superintendent Charles Bradley said. “We are monitoring the situation as it evolves, and any further changes will be communicated as soon as possible. We will remain fluid and adjust as needed. We are in uncharted waters, and our team is working hard to provide for staff and students while creating an environment for both to be successful in this upcoming school year.”