The school day will extend by five minutes in the 2024-25 school year for all Northwest ISD schools.

In a nutshell

According to an Oct. 26 district news release, NISD school days will extend to add enough time to absorb an additional two days of school closures. The move was made based on feedback from families during inclement weather closures in previous academic years.

Adding more minutes only extends the duration of the school day. It will not add new school days to the calendar, according to the news release.

Diving in deeper

The news release stated, beginning with the 2024-25 academic year, elementary schools will end their days five minutes later while middle and high schools will begin five minutes earlier each day.

The 2024-25 academic day will be based upon the following schedule:
  • Elementary schools (including pre-K): 7:40 a.m. arrival, 3:05 p.m. dismissal
  • Middle schools: 8:50 a.m. arrival, 4:15 p.m. dismissal
  • High schools: 8:25 a.m. arrival, 3:50 p.m. dismissal
Classes at Steele Early College High School and the Special Programs Center will also begin earlier at 8:15 a.m. and 8:25 a.m., respectively, according to the news release.

The context

According to the Texas Education Agency, House Bill 2610, which was passed by the 84th Legislature, requires school districts must provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including lunches and recess.

According to the district news release, NISD operates school days with enough time to absorb two days of school closures. The additional five minutes of time each day will allow the district to absorb a total of four days of school closures, if necessary.