As Houston ISD looks into different options for the 2020-21 school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the recently proposed possibilities is seeking a Year-Round Designation with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). That would come with an 11-month school calendar that anticipates current predictions for a second wave of COVID-19 cases.
The school district is soliciting community feedback before proceeding down that path. Parents of HISD students, along with other community members, are invited to participate in a survey regarding the calendar for the 2020-21 academic year. The online survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDS69RZ and includes the full 11-month calendar that is being proposed.
If that route is chosen, HISD said the school year would increase by 10 instructional days, making the total number of days in school 182, as well as 17 possible intersession dates specifically for academic remediation and instruction.
The school day would include five extra minutes per day, which would give the district 5,390 minutes above the state requirement. These minutes would be used in a “bank” to use in lieu of make-up days in cases of emergency weather events and closures.
This plan also gives teachers two professional development days and three teacher prep days, making teacher contracts last 187 days.
The HISD Board of Education would need to approve the Year-Round Designation with the TEA.