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Missouri Governor Mike Parson approved a bill that would give many Missouri students an extra few days of summer vacation in 2020.
What does this mean for your carpool plans next year?
According to the new bill, the earliest start date for public schools has been altered by four days. The rule allows schools to start no sooner than 10 days before the first Monday in September. The current bill states school is to start no sooner than 14 days before the first Monday in September.
Under the old law, schools also could start earlier with public notice, an open meeting and school board vote. That option isn’t available under the new law.
The intention of the new legislation is to aid the state’s tourism industry by allowing additional time at the end of the summer months to enjoy the area and give families another week of summer vacation. Opponents say school officials need flexibility in the year to start when necessary.
Not only did the legislation include a requirement other education reforms were also addressed. It is now a requirement that background checks be performed on all volunteers before they can work with or access student records. Additionally, former employees who have violated student abuse policies will be documented.
Lastly, the new legislation requires schools to teach trauma-informed education on sexual abuse for students in grades six and up beginning in 2020, according to the Associated Press.
Be sure to watch your local news and school updates to see if your school calendar will be affected in 2020.
If you are involved in an auto collision and need repair service, contact Spirit West Rapid Refinish at 636.386.8060 Monday through Friday between 9am-5pm, closed 12pm-1pm or stop by our convenient location.
Spirit West Motor Carriage, founded in 1977, is a full-service auto body repair shop serving the St. Louis and surrounding Metro area. For nearly four decades, our family-owned business and our experienced staff have been providing quality auto collision repair, mechanical, paintless dent repair (PDR), complete paint refinishing, and wheel and framing alignment services.