TEA offers waiver to impacted districts

“There are no absences on the first day of school,” reminded Navasota ISD Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick.

With no absences able to be recorded, a district’s enrollment, and therefore funding, is based on those first day attendance numbers, which posed a problem for many districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As one of the 51 counties included in Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency declaration, the districts within Grimes County will be allowed to apply for a waiver with the Texas Education Agency to avoid making up the five days missed due to the storm.

“Other than the waiver, the only change will be that we will delay the first progress reports for one week,” said Musick. “We will keep the end of the first nine-week grading period the same.”

The Anderson-Shiro CISD Board of Trustees approved the application to seek the TEA waiver during Monday night’s board meeting.

“Having two first days is not the best setting, so we thought it was best to let the roads dry, let the county do their work to rebuild the roads and have a first day…

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