At the February 8 School Board Meeting, NISD Board of Trustees voted to approve the 2016-2017 school Revised Calendar Option A as recommended by the District Education Improvement Council (DEIC), a committee made up of parents, teachers and administrators.
In December, community members had an opportunity to vote and provide feedback for the 2016-2017 school calendar, recommended by the DEIC. From the 1,500 responses, the majority, 71%, supported Calendar Option A with the primary objective of ending first semester before winter break. In order to continue providing time off for the traditional holidays, to which the community has become accustomed, while meeting the required instructional minutes by the state (75,600), the school times for elementary were extended by 20 minutes and 10 minutes for middle and high school.
In January, the DEIC reviewed and considered all feedback from the survey. With a focus on what is educationally best for all students, the council modified Calendar Option A for their final recommendation to the school board at the January 28 School Board Meeting. The modifications included:
Combining two of the early release days into a full day for a student holiday and staff development day
Moving an early release day from a Wednesday to Friday
The early release days were designed to help reduce the number of times teachers are removed from the classroom for staff development during the school year. The modifications will be less disruptive to the learning environment, more convenient for families and be able to meet the objective for staff development.
“We are so appreciative to our community members for their thoughtful feedback for the 2016-2017 academic calendar,” said Superintendent Karen G. Rue, Ed.D. “Our community provided valuable input that led to a revised calendar that supports NISD’s vision and is convenient for families. Thank you to our community for their continued partnership as we plan for our future.”
The 2016-2017 school calendar contains 175 instructional days totaling 75,800 minutes.