Leander ISD to discuss proposed 2020-21 school calendar

The Leander ISD draft 2020-21 school calendar (pictured) is also available online at www.leanderisd.org. Trustees are scheduled to discuss, and possible vote on, the calendar at the Dec. 12 meeting. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
The Leander ISD draft 2020-21 school calendar (pictured) is also available online at www.leanderisd.org. Trustees are scheduled to discuss, and possible vote on, the calendar at the Dec. 12 meeting. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

The Leander ISD draft 2020-21 school calendar (pictured) is also available online at www.leanderisd.org. Trustees are scheduled to discuss, and possible vote on, the calendar at the Dec. 12 meeting. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

Leander ISD trustees plan to discuss—and possibly vote on—the proposed calendar for the 2020-21 school year at their Dec. 12 meeting.

The draft calendar for the 2020-21 academic year includes the first and last days of schools, holidays, staff development days, holidays and STAAR testing dates, according to the LISD website at www.leanderisd.org/calendar.

According to LISD spokesperson Matt Mitchell, the draft calendar was approved earlier this year and may change at the Dec. 12 meeting.

"We continue to closely monitor TEA directives and mandates for any new information that might impact our calendar," he said in an email. "At this point, the 2020-2021 calendar draft will be presented for Board action [at the Dec. 12 meeting]."

According to the draft calendar, the tentative first day of school for students is Thursday, Aug. 13, while the last day is proposed for Thursday, May. 27.


Although most dates are similar to the 2019-20 calendar, new to the proposed 2020-21 calendar is the final day of school occurring on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. The final day in the current calendar is scheduled for May 29, the Friday after the holiday. Memorial Day occurs each year on the last Monday in May.

Both last days of school will be early release days.

According to the document, LISD trustees are scheduled to adopt the calendar in late 2019. The final scheduled LISD board of trustees meeting in 2019 is Dec. 12.

Tentative 2020-21 calendar

August

Aug. 3-5: orientation for staff new to district

Aug. 6-7, 10-23: staff development

Aug. 13: first day of school

September

Sept. 7: Labor Day holiday

October

Oct. 12-13: staff development

Oct. 30: PSAT

November

Nov. 2 staff development

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving holiday

December

Dec. 9-13: STAAR testing (high school only)

Dec. 17-18: early release (high school only)

Dec. 21-Jan. 1: winter break

January

Jan. 4: staff development

Jan. 18: MLK Day holiday

February

Feb. 15: staff development

March

March 15-19: spring break (UT Austin spring break expected March 15-19)

March 22: staff development

April

April 2: Good Friday holiday

April 6-10: STAAR testing

April 12: bad weather makeup day

May

May 4-15: STAAR testing

May 26: early release (high school only)

May 27: last day of school/early release (all schools)

By the numbers

Teacher days: 187

Student days: 176

Staff development days: 11

Early release days: 5

Bad weather makeup days: 1
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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