Teachers will report for their first day Aug. 14, while the first day for students will be Aug. 28, the earliest date allowed under state law. The last day of the school year for students will be June 5, also roughly one week later than last year's final day of May 31.
Similar to last year, students will be given one week off for Thanksgiving, one week off for spring break and two weeks off for winter break. Other holidays include Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Chavez-Huerta Day and Memorial Day. Students will be given a fall holiday Sept. 25, two spring holidays March 29 and April 10, and a day off for Election Day on Nov. 7.
The calendar was approved by the HISD board of trustees without discussion as part of the board's consent agenda for the Feb. 9 meeting.
In an agenda packet presented to the board, HISD officials said stakeholders that help draft the calendar each year have continued to ask for an earlier start date. However, officials noted HISD is required by state policy to start school no earlier than the fourth Monday in August.
A past effort to establish HISD as a District of Innovation—a designation that would allow more flexibility in setting an earlier start date, among other calendar considerations—were shot down by the committee exploring the option.
See the 2023-24 calendar here.