VISD adjusts end of the year calendar
Due to having to close on March 29, 2022, for the City Boil Water Order, Vernon ISD has had to amend the Vernon ISD 2021-2022 school calendar. The district will now have full school days on May 26 and May 27 — they were previously scheduled as half days. May 27 is still the last day of school.
During a VISD board of trustees meeting last week, on April 11, the trustees heard that the district was seeking a waiver for lost days throughout the school year due to weather, illness and the boil order. Superintendent Jeff Byrd said he was confident the changes the district was making to the calendar and schedule would be approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Governor Greg Abbott and the TEA announced earlier this month that school districts in Texas may not lose funding because of low attendance rates caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The districts, including Vernon ISD, may be eligible for an adjustment in operational minutes requirements for certain attendance reporting periods during the 2021-2022 academic school year. This means funding will be made available to school systems in Texas that have experienced attendance rate declines because of the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, given an emphasis on in-person instruction. This adjustment would apply to the first four reporting periods of the current school year.