The Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the 2018-19 Instructional Calendar that will have students starting classes on Aug. 15, 2018, with the last day of school for students on May 30, 2019.
In voting for the calendar, trustees considered the results of a community survey, which drew feedback from nearly 2,500 respondents on two proposed calendar options, A and B. The preferred option in the survey, with more than 70 percent of the vote, was Option B, which was approved by the trustees on Tuesday.
Under the adopted 2018-19 calendar, students will begin their winter break on Dec. 19, returning to school on Jan. 8. Teachers will have a teacher preparation day on Dec. 19, then start their winter break on Dec. 20. Teachers will also return one day ahead of students at the end of the break, for a staff professional development day on Jan. 7.
The approved calendar will give students two days off in April. One would be for a teacher professional development day on April 5 and another would be for the district’s Spring Holiday on April 19.
The Spring ISD Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), which includes both staff and community members, reviewed the calendar proposals presented to the public in the community survey. The approved calendar meets all state requirements.
In a new addition this year, the calendar also includes the dates for summer professional development opportunities for teachers. Although these trainings are optional, the district is looking at the possibility of paying teachers who attend.
The 2018-19 Instructional Calendar is located on the Spring ISD website at www.springisd.org/calendars.