Houston ISD asks parents to weigh in on 11-month calendar for 2020-21 school year

Houston ISD school calendar
The Houston ISD school calendar for 2020-21 is under review as the district prepares for navigating COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Houston ISD school calendar for 2020-21 is under review as the district prepares for navigating COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)

In an email to parents June 8, Houston ISD began asking for feedback on a draft calendar for 2020-21 that calls for 11 months of school with more breaks throughout the year.

The district is looking for ways to adapt its calendar amid the uncertainty around COVID-19 and the long-term recovery from the outbreak.

"An option we are exploring is adopting the Year-Round Designation with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which would allow for more flexibility on school start date and allow for additional instructional days for our students to reduce any instructional gaps due to COVID-19," the district wrote in the survey introduction.

The calendar would move the school year start date up to Aug. 13 from Aug. 24, with the last day of classes coming June 15, 2021, two weeks later than the original May 28 date. The calendar proposes weeklong intercessions in October and February, in addition to a week off for Thanksgiving and spring break at their usual time. The calendar has 182 instructional days and allocates 5,390 more instructional minutes than originally scheduled.

"This would ensure the district has a bank of minutes to use for emergency weather events or closures, in lieu of make-up days and further adjustments of our calendar in the future," the survey states.


A new calendar will ultimately have to be approved by the board of trustees.