Staff Development /Student Holidays

February 1st and March 15th designated DISD Staff Development/Student Holidays
Posted on 01/18/2021
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January 18, 2021


Re: February 1st and March 15th Devine ISD Staff Development/Student Holidays


Hello Devine ISD Families,


The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a great burden of responsibility on educators not only here in Devine, but across the state, the nation, and the world in general. Administrative difficulties aside, the faculty who work for Devine ISD are planning daily to give all DISD students the best instruction possible in spite of the disruptions we have faced the past year.


At the request of the Administrative Team and in order to improve instruction, the Devine ISD School Board approved a motion to file an application for a Staff Development Minutes waiver during its October meeting. This waiver is made available to Texas public schools through the Texas Education Agency. The Staff Development Minutes Waiver will provide DISD’s instructional staff with the time they desperately need to plan effective lessons, activites, and assessments for the students of this great district.


This waiver allows district staff to plan various educational strategies designed to improve student performance in lieu of student instruction during the school year. It provides for a maximum of 2,100 total waiver minutes (about 4-1/2 school days). Each district may choose how to apply their approved waiver; for instance, schools may choose to offer early release, late start, all day staff development, or a combination.

Devine ISD was approved for the Staff Development Minutes Waiver on October 28th. Our administrative team, with input from teachers and staff, has designated two additional dates, February 1st and March15th as staff development days for planning curriculum and instruction. These days will now also be designated as student holidays for remote and in-person learners. Students will not come to school on these days.

February 1st and March 15th will be considered mandatory days for all staff.


Devine ISD is a student-first district. We are aware that the single most influential factor for student success is the quality of instruction. We truly believe that this decision has been made in the best interest of our students and that student success rates will rise as a result of increased teacher team, grade-level, department, and campus curriculum and instruction planning time. On behalf of Devine ISD, I thank you once more for demonstrating flexibility and patience as our dedicated staff work diligently to plan meaningful learning opportunities for your students.


Respectfully,


Dr. Todd Grandjean, Superintendent


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