The Willis ISD board of trustees approved the district’s academic calendar for the upcoming 2023-24 school year at its Feb. 8 meeting with the first day of school for students being Aug. 16.

According to Director of Communications Jamie Falls, the main difference between the 2023-24 school year calendar and the 2022-23 calendar is the start date. Previously, Falls said the district began classes on Aug. 9; however, the newly approved calendar has pushed the start date to Aug. 16. According to Falls, the district decided to delay the start of classes to avoid bringing teachers in before Aug. 1.

Falls said the delay also allows campus and district administration more time to prepare for the school year.

The 2023-24 calendar features a fall break Oct. 9-11 and an ending date of May 24, 2024. Graduation will be held May 29, 2024. The calendar also adds Jan. 1 as a holiday.