Snyder ISD still not done; Wylie West JH gets medieval

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Blame it on a lack of computer last fall.

Snyder ISD Superintendent Eddie Bland said the district was forced to delay the start to the school year three weeks to Sept. 8 because they were waiting for Chromebooks to be delivered.

That’s why, he said, Snyder ISD students don’t get out of school until June 11. High school seniors graduate that night, gathering at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.

It’s two weeks later than Abilene schools and three weeks behind some of the smaller districts that surround Snyder.

And the worst part about it, Bland said, is the computers did not arrive until spring break.

“So, delaying three weeks did us a lot of good,” he said, sarcastically.

The delay, he said, allowed the district to get in more instruction time. Some Snyder students just finished their State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests last week, while others are going to start this week.

Like third-grade math, fourth-grade reading. Fourth- and fifth-grade virtual students will take their tests starting June 8, with those tests lasting through June 10 when those virtual fifth-grade students take their science exams.

Education Reporter Timothy Chipp

School’s out the next day, which Bland said is helpful.

As for the district, he said COVID-19 is hardly a factor anymore and he’s looking forward to a school year in August where protocols will be minimal.

They’ve already been without masks mandated since mid-April. Bland said the district waited about a month after Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order lifting restrictions before making the masks optional.

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