April 27 will be a full day and May 27 will be the last day of school for both students and staff
HOUSTON – April 25, 2016 – Spring ISD announced it will be able to cover the lost instructional time due to the area’s recent flooding without extending the school year beyond May 27 – the last day of school for both students and teachers.
By combining TEA Commissioner Mike Morath’s waiver for Houston area schools affected by flooding with additional minutes of instruction already completed this calendar year, the district’s early release day on Wednesday, April 27 and the inclement weather day on Friday, May 27, the district will have enough instructional time to cover the missed days.
“The new state law is based on how many minutes students are in school, not on the number of days they attend – allowing districts greater flexibility in how they develop their academic calendars,” said Dr. Lupita Hinojosa, Spring ISD chief academics officer. “When we developed our calendar for this school year, our goal was to maximize our instructional time for students.All of our students, kindergarten through 12th grade, attend school 435 minutes per day in a 175-day school year, which gives the district 525 minutes of instruction above the total required minutes for the school year. We are now using those extra minutes in combination with a full day of instruction on April 27 and our inclement weather day on May 27 to meet state requirements without further impacting our calendar year.”
A Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the impact of the flooding has been added to the Spring ISD website. For more information, go to www.springisd.org/april-2016-weather.