District seeks community feedback on 2018-19 calendar options
District seeks community feedback on 2018-19 calendar options
Posted on 01/22/2018
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Northwest ISD requests community feedback on the 2018-19 school calendar options through an online survey.

The Northwest ISD District Education Improvement Council, made up of parents, teachers and community members, develops and submits calendar option(s) for the upcoming school year with additional input from staff, parents and community to the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees. The DEIC will consider all input in developing the final calendar options for school board approval.

Based on feedback in previous years, calendar options were designed with the following considerations:

  • Prefer a full week holiday during Thanksgiving break
  • Prefer semester exams prior to winter holiday
  • Prefer a teacher prep day following winter holiday
  • Prefer Good Friday as a holiday

The DEIC is providing two options for the 2018-19 school calendar. Calendar Option No. 1 is similar to the current school year’s calendar, including a 440-minute school day, with three bad weather days built into the calendar. Calendar Option No. 2 is a 445-minute school day, adding 5 minutes to the end of the instructional day, and the first day of school would begin on a Tuesday instead of a Monday.

Texas House Bill 2610 requires school districts provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction. This bill allows districts to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by inclement weather.

The online survey begins Tuesday, Jan. 23, and will last through Monday, Feb. 5. Community and staff may go to www.nisdtx.org/calendarvote to view the calendars, a list of frequently asked questions and to complete the survey with their preferred calendar option. Results will be reviewed by the DEIC in February. The board is expected to vote on the final school calendars prior to Spring Break.