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Killeen ISD Board of Trustees votes to amend academic calendar to make up for winter weather days

District tentatively plans to return to class Thursday
Killeen ISD
Posted at 8:40 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 22:15:33-05

KILLEEN, TX — The Killeen ISD Board of Trustees has voted to amend the current academic calendar after severe winter weather and its subsequent effects forced the district to remain closed for an extended period of time.

As of Tuesday, February 23, the district is preparing for students to return to instruction on Thursday, February 25. If enough boil orders are lifted by Wednesday, Killeen ISD says all campuses but Skipcha Elementary will open to students.

The district will be applying for all available waivers from the Texas Education Agency for the missed school days.

To make up for the missed days, the Board of Trustees voted to convert March 5 and April 12, which were previously designated as student holidays/ teacher planning days, to remote learning/ teacher planning days. The board also voted to revert the four Early Out days, which include March 5, March 12, April 16 and April 30, to full normal school days.

Friday, April 2 will be utilized as a Remote Learning Day. Friday, February 26 will not be an Early Release Day.

The district went on to state 50 of its 53 campuses have been cleared to open on Thursday pending the water situation. In-person and virtual attendance requirements will resume Thursday.

Parents are asked to send their students with bottled or room temperature boiled water.

Killeen ISD says the following campuses "sustained damage that prevents us from welcoming students in-person" and will operate accordingly:

  • Skipcha Elementary
    • Employees: School Nutrition staff should report tomorrow, other staff should remain home.
    • Students: All Virtual Learning, additional information will come from your campus.
  • Audie Murphy Middle School
    • Employees: School Nutrition staff should report tomorrow, other staff should remain home.
    • Students: Remote Learning Day**
  • Palo Alto Middle School
    • Employees: School Nutrition staff should report tomorrow, other staff should remain home.
    • Students: Remote Learning Day**

** From the district: Employees: Additional information will be coming from your campus Principal. Parents: If your student does not have a device or internet, they can come to the campus to engage in learning beginning Thursday as they do for normal Remote Learning days. Transportation will be provided for eligible riders.

Teachers, unless otherwise told, are expected to return on Wednesday, February 24. Teachers may be asked to only work a half day depending on the campus conditions.

The district will still offer grab-and-go meals at the following locations:

  • Cedar Valley Elementary School
  • Early College High School (Fort Hood)
  • Harker Heights Elementary School
  • Manor Middle School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Palo Alto Middle School
  • Rancier Middle School
  • Richard E. Cavazos Elementary School
  • Smith Middle School
  • Trimmier Elementary School
  • West Ward Elementary School
  • Former HEB building on Gray Street
  • Former Department of Motor Vehicle building on Priest Drive