Austin ISD students will return to class for the first day of the 2019-20 school year Aug. 20, according to the instructional calendar approved by the board of trustees Feb. 4. The last day of school will be on May 28, 2020.
The approved calendar includes 175 school days and 23 staff holidays, or days the district is closed to both students and staff. Compared to the 2018-19 calendar, the approved calendar year will have one fewer day of class and one more holiday. The calendar can be found here.
School holidays include Labor Day on Sept. 2, Thanksgiving break Nov. 25-29, Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20 and Memorial Day on May 25. Winter break will take place Dec. 23-Jan. 2, and spring break is March 16-20.
Staff work days, in which the district is open but classes are not held for students, are scheduled for Aug. 13-16, Aug. 19, Oct. 14, Dec. 20, Jan. 3, Jan 6, Feb. 17, Apr. 10 and May 29.
Bad-weather makeup days are reserved for Feb. 17 and April 10, according to the calendar. Class will not be held these days unless class time needs to be made up due to cancellations.
The district selected one of three calendar options that had been created and received feedback from the district. The district is also expected to announce additional student days at each campus in accordance with its district of innovation status.
District 2 trustee Jayme Mathias abstained from the calendar vote because he felt it lacked appropriate recognition for Latino heroes and the local Latino community. He said he is not advocating for a student day off but for a clearer outline as to how the community is being celebrated in the district.
District 3 trustee Ann Teich said she would like to see similar recognitions for the Asian, Native American and black communities.