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By Don Thompson
KNOX COUNTY – Benjamin and Knox City schools begin the 2021 – 2022 school year on Monday Aug. 16, while Munday schools begin Aug.18. Band practice for both Knox City and Munday started last Monday.
Munday schools have a Meet the Teacher event on Aug. 13, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Secondary School, and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Elementary campus.
After the Covid pandemic made the 2020 – 2021 school year an unprecedented experience for students, parents and teachers, school plans are in place to make this year as productive and normal as possible.
The CDC may be recommending masks as schools start back up, but a May 18 executive order by Governor Greg Abbott still says masks cannot be required, so this may help to make this year feel more like pre-pandemic conditions. However, other changes will be in place in certain rooms and conditions, such as social distancing and barriers in some areas.
Supt. Colin Howeth at Knox City – O’Brien CISD said “We’re excited as always for the new year to start. We’re ready to see the kids and get started.”
Supt. Gordon Thomas from Benjamin ISD also stated he and the staff are excited for the new year to begin, and to get things back to as normal as possible. “We hope the Delta strain is not a big factor this year.”
“I am very happy to get the school year kicked off,” Supt. Troy Parton from Munday CISD says, “We have a lot to celebrate going into this year. We have not reached our goals yet, but we are definitely closing in on the academic goals set by the trustees.”