Summer’s going to run a little longer for Springfield Public School students next summer.
The district has approved a calendar for the 2020-2021 school year that will have classes starting on August 24, 11 days later than this year’s start of classes.
A Missouri law promoted by Governor Parson that passed in the last legislative session requires schools to open no earlier than two weeks before the first Monday in September. The move by the state is aimed at increasing summer tourism.
The move makes Christmas break shorter than previous years and seniors will be have to wait a little longer in May to get their diplomas.
The school year itself will remain at 172 school days.