HOUSTON – July 31, 2017 – Spring ISD administrators and staff have been working hard over the summer to prepare for the new school year, including several changes that will have a positive impact on students and families.
First Day of School for Spring ISD Students is Thursday, Aug. 17
Spring ISD is starting classes for students earlier than usual this year. During the past year, the district was designated a District of Innovation – a change that allows many unique opportunities, including the flexibility to design an instructional calendar that balances the number of days in each semester, allows students to finish their first semester before winter break and coordinates with local college schedules to enable students to accelerate their learning.
Adding 60 New Buses and Increasing Bus Transportation
Using funds approved by voters in the 2016 Bond referendum, the district has purchased 60 new buses needed to increase transportation services to 5,000 more students who live between one mile and 1.5 miles from their zoned campus of attendance.
Although the state funds transportation services for students who live within two miles of their school, Spring ISD has been working to increase the number of students served in the district. When transportation increases to the one-mile radius this August, about 22,000 students will be eligible for services, increasing student safety and decreasing traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal times districtwide.
Computer Upgrades to Classrooms
Over 3,500 obsolete computers at campuses across the district are being replaced this summer by Spring ISD’s technology staff. The new Dell computers are attached to the back of the monitor, so that they don’t take up space on or under the desks – a big improvement over the older models. This massive project is just one of the results of the Spring ISD 2016 bond referendum that was passed by over 70 percent of the voters in November of last year.
Breakfast in the Classroom Offered at all Elementary Schools
Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) will be offered at all Spring ISD elementary schools. The BIC program provides students the opportunity to start their day with a free, healthy and balanced meal. Breakfast is served to students in their classroom or the hallway. Students have access to both cold and hot breakfast foods that include healthy protein and grain items, fresh fruit and low-fat milk. They have the option to select which food items they take, and participation is not mandatory.
Full-day Prekindergarten Expanded to Two More Elementary Schools
In support of the district’s commitment to expand full-day prekindergarten districtwide, two more schools – Anderson and Smith elementary schools – are offering full-day programs this year. This brings the total number of Spring ISD schools that offer full-day pre-K to seven: Clark Primary, Anderson, Heritage, Link, Lewis, Smith and Thompson elementary schools, while half-day classes are offered at all other elementary schools.
Thousands of Books Delivered to Spring ISD Schools
Spring ISD’s focus on literacy continued during the summer in a big way with over 150 pallets of books delivered to schools across the district in preparation for the start of school. To build a strong literacy foundation, the district is working to provide elementary teachers and middle school and high school English teachers with an ample supply of good books that will appeal to students and promote a love of reading.
High School Football Fields Get New Artificial Turf
The football fields at all three comprehensive high schools – Dekaney, Spring and Westfield – have new artificial turf thanks to the 2016 Bond referendum approved by voters in November 2016. This will be the first time that Dekaney players have had artificial turf on their practice field.
School Day Hours Extended by Five Minutes
Five minutes have been added to the school day this year to allow more time for instruction as well as more time to accommodate staff development days that will greatly benefit student achievement.
2017-18 School Hours
- Elementary Schools – 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
- Middle Schools – 8:55 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
- High Schools – 7:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Roberson Middle School – 8:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Spring Early College Academy – 7:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
For more back-to-school information, go to www.springisd.org/backtoschool or visit the campus websites. In addition, the 2017-18 School Guide is being mailed to all Spring ISD residents and is expected to arrive in homes the first week in August.