Argyle ISD board of trustees approved the academic calendar for the 2024-25 school year at a Jan. 16 meeting.

The chosen option is identical to the version presented to the board last month apart from swapping a bad weather day Feb. 17 and a teacher work day March 7, Assistant Superintendent Dawn Jordan said. Switching the bad weather day from February to March allows families more time to prepare to attend school on a bad weather day if needed.

“It doesn’t change anything for our families or students if that bad weather day is a holiday, it just changes those two dates, but it doesn't change anything in the overall picture,” Jordan said.

The background

The calendar was developed by a committee formed through the District Leadership Team, which was comprised of teachers, campus administrators, parents and community members, Jordan said.

The committee selected two calendar options for review. The first option was a calendar similar to the 2023-24 calendar, while the second option moved some of the professional development days to October, she said. The second option was selected after stakeholder input.

The details

In the approved option the school year would start Aug. 14 and end May 22. Students will also have two early release days; one on Dec. 19 and another May 22, according to district documents.

Students will have holidays Feb. 14, 2025, and April 18, 2025, as well as additional professional development days Oct. 11, 14 and 16 according to documents. There will be 81.5 instructional days in first semester and 85.5 in the second semester. Other notable dates include:
  • Fall break: Oct. 11-16
  • Thanksgiving break: Nov. 25-29
  • Winter break: Dec. 20, 2024-Jan. 7, 2025
  • Spring break: March 7, 2025-March 17, 2025
The district tried to maintain an even number of days across each quarter, with the first three falling between 40 to 41 days and the fourth at 45.5 days, Jordan said.

While the fine arts and athletics departments did not prefer having a break between Oct. 11-16, they did not garner enough support to prompt a change. However, teachers were “overwhelmingly” supportive of the calendar option, she said.