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Ritenour Board of Education Approves Updated 2020-2021 School Calendar

The Ritenour Board of Education approved an amended 2020-2021 school calendar at its meeting on Dec. 12. The calendar, originally approved by the Board in December 2018, had to be updated due to a new state law. In 2019, the Missouri legislature passed HB 161, which prohibits local school districts from setting an opening date for the school year that is more than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September (Labor Day). 

Ritenour’s first day of school for all PreK-12 students for the 2020-2021 school year is on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. With no inclement weather days, the last day of school is Tuesday, May 25, 2021.  If the district uses all six weather days, the final day of school will be Thursday, June 3, 2021. 

The calendar includes important dates such as winter and spring vacations, religious holidays, federal holidays, early dismissals and parent-teacher conferences. View the entire calendar.     

The newly approved calendar increases the length of the school day by 10 minutes - removing four days from the academic calendar.  The updated school arrival and dismissal times will be announced at a later date.  Students will attend school 173 days, and teachers will have 183 working days.  The state of Missouri no longer sets a minimum number of days for students to attend school.  The state now measures the school year in hours.  Ritenour students will attend school for 1,110 hours next school year while teachers will have 1,403 working hours. The state minimum for students is 1,044 hours.     

The new calendar was designed after the district received feedback from online surveys of parents and staff, as well as several meetings with the district calendar committee. This year’s calendar committee included district parents, students, teachers, support staff and administrators. 

"We appreciate the time and feedback from our calendar committee and the more than 1,100 parents and staff members who completed the survey," said Dr. Kenneth Roumpos, Ritenour assistant superintendent for human resources and leadership development. "Our highest priority was to maintain a focus on student learning by balancing instructional time for students, professional learning needs of staff, and family and community priorities. Based on the feedback provided to us, we are excited to have a calendar that fulfils our students’ academic needs and the expectations of our families and staff."