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Best Southwest Joint Statement on Postponing The Start of School


Health and safety continue to be priorities as we prepare for the start of school. We appreciate parents’ active engagement in their scholar’s educational experiences. We know it’s important to keep you informed and we want to provide you with an update on school reopening plans.

With this in mind, Cedar Hill ISD, DeSoto ISD, Duncanville ISD and Lancaster ISD intend to delay the start of school to follow the Labor Day weekend - Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. 

Each school district plans to take to their respective Board of Trustees a calendar that reflects school starting after Labor Day. Additional information for students and staff regarding more detailed school reopening plans will be provided by school leaders.

This decision was agreed upon by all Best Southwest school districts to ensure an environment that works to protect the health, wellness and preparedness of our students and staff for the upcoming school year. Postponing the school start date will allow school systems in our area time to assess the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust accordingly. Therefore, the Superintendents of Schools in the Best Southwest Dallas County region agree that the start of school should be delayed.