The 2023-24 calendar, which was approved during the Dec. 12 board meeting, will have an Aug. 9 start date with exams for the first semester to be completed before winter break, which will run from Dec. 16, 2023, to Jan. 3, 2024, according to the calendar.
Students will have March 11-15 off for spring break. Classes will end before Memorial Day on May 23.
The calendar approval comes after the board discussed calendar options in November, and the district gathered input through two community surveys. Four calendar options were considered, which were developed by a committee of students, parents and staff in October. Those options included Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 start dates and varying break dates.
Based on feedback, Option A was favored by 63% of the estimated 11,000 survey respondents, LISD Chief of Staff Shawna Miller said. Option B was the second-highest preference. The only difference between the two options was the winter break dates.
The calendar must account for the mandatory 75,600 instructional minutes. Teacher work days do not count toward instructional minutes, but teacher professional learning does.
“I appreciate that in this district we survey our community, and we ask their opinion,” LISD board member Jenny Proznik said. “I appreciate those who participated in the survey, and I appreciate the administration always giving our public an opportunity to have a voice on the calendar.”