The Hays CISD board of trustees unanimously approved the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school calendars during its regular board meeting Jan. 22.

A survey of the two calendars ran from Jan. 12-17. There were 1,630 responses from parents, students, teachers, staff and other community members recorded, with 84.9% in favor of the 2024-25 calendar and 86% in favor of the 2025-26 calendar.

Dates to know

Per the approved 2024-25 calendar, the fall semester will begin Aug. 13 and end Dec. 20. The spring semester will begin Jan. 7 and end May 22.

Two bad weather makeup days are built into the calendar Feb. 14 and April 21, if necessary. Staff and student holidays will include:
  • Sept. 2: Labor Day
  • Sept. 23: student holiday/staff workday
  • Oct. 11: student holiday/staff workday
  • Oct. 14: staff and student holiday
  • Nov. 1: student holiday/staff exchange day
  • Nov. 4-5: student holiday/staff workday
  • Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving break
  • March 17-21: spring break, which coincides with The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College and other ISDs, including Austin ISD
Chief Communication Officer Tim Savoy said the new Nov. 5 holiday is to accommodate the 2024 presidential election, as some schools are used as polling locations.

“We’re working on trying to get [voters] out of buildings where students are because our new requirements for safety and perimeter security are completely in contradiction to having open polls and letting people come in,” Savoy said. “... We’re working on that, but just in case we don’t get there in November, we want to be off on that day, because there’s obviously going to be a huge turnout at that point, and there may be some emotions attached with the presidential election that probably would be better if our students weren’t in the building.”

The 2025-26 calendar has similar breaks, excluding the additional day off in November as 2025 will not be an election year.

What’s changing?

Both the 2024-25 and 2025-26 calendars will add an extra five minutes to the elementary school bell schedule, releasing students at 3 p.m. instead of 2:55 p.m.