NISD superintendent apologizes after last-minute decision creates 'chaos' at NHS

Parents were mad when left out of the loop on a change in procedure. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Parents were mad when left out of the loop on a change in procedure. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy apologizes for the "chaos" her decision created. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy apologizes for the "chaos" her decision created. (Source: KTRE Staff)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Confusion over students' exemption status and their being able to leave school early Wednesday made many parents unhappy.

Many took to social media expressing their concern that no one notified parents and students in advance of that change.

Students exempt from finals have always been allowed to sign in at the high school and then leave immediately afterward.

A board member suggested the practice might be a violation of state rules. It was brought to Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent Dowdy's attention following the Tuesday night board meeting.

We reviewed it and thought to be cautious we would go ahead the next morning and say to stay at school for the full four hours, so we would draw the attendance on the students and be on the safe side," Dowdy said. "That did cause chaos at the high school, I realize."

Staff received a memo on her decision right before midnight Tuesday.

The superintendent said she apologizes for the confusion.

Dowdy said no exempt student will receive a zero or be counted absent.

She plans to obtain a clarification of the exemption rule from the Texas Education Agency after Christmas.

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