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QPS Board pushes back start of next school year

QPS Board pushes back start of next school year

4 days, 13 hours ago by Mary Griffith

2020-2021 year will start August 20

The Quincy School Board has decided to push back the start of the next school year, by four days.

Meeting Wednesday night, the board approved the first day back to school for students will be August 20th. That's four days later than the original date of August 17th, and presumes that the central region of Illinois will be in Phase 4 of Governor Pritzer's Restore Illinois plan. Students will be in class October 8th and 9th due to the cancellation of Quincy Conference, but will get a two-week Winter break. That will run from December 18th to January 4th. The last day of the 2020-2021 school year will be May 27th. The Board learned that QPS spent $845,000 more this year to educate 10 additional special needs students who attend boarding school. Six students attend Chaddock, one lives at Transitions, two are in Carbondale and one is in Chicago. Since the start of the pandemic shut down Quincy schools, staff have made and served 100 thousand curbside pick-up meals to students. That program will continue to be available in the summer.

The Board also approved setting a June 24th public hearing to approve a $66 million operating budget for the 2020-2021 school year.

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