HOUSTON – Feb. 5, 2018 – The Spring Independent School District is seeking feedback on two proposed 2018-19 Instructional Calendar options to ensure families and employees have the opportunity to weigh in before a recommendation is presented to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 13.
The two calendar options have some clear differences. Under Option A, the first day of school would be Aug. 16, while Option B would have students start classes on Aug. 15. Both calendars would have the last day for students be on May 30.
The most significant difference between the two proposals are the days designated for Winter Break. Option A would have students finish the first semester on Dec. 20 and begin their Winter Break on Dec. 21. Teachers would begin their winter break after a preparation day on Friday, Dec. 21. Under Option B, classes would end for students on Dec. 18, and teachers would be off after a teacher preparation day on Dec. 19. Both options would have students returning to class on Jan. 8.
In another change, Option B would give students two days off in April. One would be for the Spring Holiday on April 19 and another would be a teacher professional development day on April 22. Option A would have students off on April 19 for the Spring Holiday and two additional days off on April 1 and April 22 for teacher professional development.
The Spring ISD Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), which includes both staff and community members, reviewed the calendar proposals. Both Spring ISD calendar options use state guidelines that require school districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction. The two proposals exceed the instructional minutes required by the state.
The 2018-19 Instructional Calendar Survey is located on the Spring ISD website at www.springisd.org/calsurvey. The deadline for participating is Monday, Feb. 12.
The survey results along with a calendar recommendation will be presented to the Spring ISD Board of Trustees for their consideration and possible approval at the Regular Meeting on Feb. 13.