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School districts will not have to make up days lost to COVID-19

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE] Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven recently stated that school districts will not be required to make up calendar hours lost due to COVID-19. 

In a March 19 letter to administrators, Vandeven said missed calendar hours will not impact the calculation of average daily attendance. 

“To streamline this process,” said Vandeven, “DESE will soon send local education agencies an online form to collect the necessary waiver information. We recognize the importance of ensuring that our schools are paid and that educational opportunities continue to be provided for our students throughout this time of social distancing.” 

In the same letter, Vandeven said DESE officials will cancel required statewide assessments for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

“There is a time and a place for required statewide testing,” said Vandeven.  “Now is not the time.  There will be details that need to be worked out for graduating A+ seniors who may still need to take an assessment. Information on the federal assessment waiver should come soon and we will apply.  We will share information and updates as soon as they become available.” 

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