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Okaloosa sets new date for first day of school

Special to the Daily News
Northwest Florida Daily News

The first day of school for students in the Okaloosa County School District will be changed from August 11 to August 31.

The new start date was approved by the board Monday night.

Ongoing discussions with the Department of Health, military officials, school staff, and parents played a part in this decision, according to Chambers. “The change to a later start date ensures that the District has sufficient time to enhance preparations and to provide training to all staff on the new protocols that will be in place this fall”, said Chambers. “We know how much the community is counting on us to get this right.”

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Teachers and school staff will be coming back into the school buildings early to receive training on the new protocols in place in schools, according to a press release from the Okaloosa County School District.

In recommending the change, Chambers applauded the work done so far this summer by District and School-based employees, the release said.

“Our Reopening Schools Work Group has done a great job laying out a roadmap for coming back to school, and we will continue to seek guidance from health officials and others throughout the next month to inform our decisions,” Chambers said in the release.

This means that the last day of the school year for students will be June 9.

Students who selected mySchool Online or Okaloosa Online instructional options would also begin August 31st.

With the change in school starting date, the window to select mySchool Online will be extended until August 1st.

For more information on Reopening Okaloosa Schools, visit www.okaloosaschools.com.