Religious holidays, inclement weather discussed in review of Lake Travis ISD's 2020-21 instructional calendar draft

Kathy Burbank, LTISD'd director of accountability and achievement, presented a draft of the instructional calendar during a Nov. 20 regular meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kathy Burbank, LTISD'd director of accountability and achievement, presented a draft of the instructional calendar during a Nov. 20 regular meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kathy Burbank, LTISD'd director of accountability and achievement, presented a draft of the instructional calendar during a Nov. 20 regular meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees reviewed the 2020-21 proposed instructional calendar, with the first day of school projected for Wednesday, Aug. 19, and the last day proposed for Friday, May 28.



Kathy Burbank, the director of accountability and achievement for LTISD, presented the initial calendar staff to the board for discussion during a Nov. 20 meeting, and official action will be requested during the Dec. 18 meeting.



Basing the calendar on what’s instructionally best for the students, containing elements that best support instruction and academic achievement, and taking into account parents and staff considerations were among the district’s top priorities when developing the parameters, according to a district agenda. According to Burbank, there were seven calendar drafts made before narrowing the choices down.



If the draft is officially approved, parents can anticipate a fall break from Nov. 23-27 and a winter break from Dec. 21 through Jan. 5. There could also be a student and staff spring break from March 15-19.



The only early release day would be the final day of the school year, Burbank said.



The proposed calendar would allow for 174 student days totaling 76,4400 instructional minutes or 440 daily minutes, meeting the state’s requirement of 75,600 annual minutes.



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