HOUSTON – Feb. 15, 2016 – The Spring ISD Board of Trustees approved an instructional calendar for the 2016-17 school year that will have school start on Monday, Aug. 22 and end before Memorial Day on Friday, May 26.
The instructional calendar includes eight student holidays, a week at Thanksgiving, a two-week winter break and another week for spring break. There will be no school on Nov. 8, Election Day, since numerous Spring ISD campuses are used as polling sites.
The Spring ISD Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), which includes both staff and community members, developed two calendar options and surveyed the Spring community for their preference. The option with the largest support – 3,277 respondents, 57.6 percent – was recommended to the trustees and received their approval on Feb. 9.
New state guidelines require school districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction instead of the 180 days previously required. House Bill 2610, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015, not only offers districts more flexibility in planning their calendar, but also allows them to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by extreme weather conditions and unexpected disasters. The 2016-17 instructional calendar exceeds the instructional minutes required by the state by 90 minutes.