Humble ISD's 2020-21 academic calendar features extra holidays, early start date

Humble ISD board trustees approved the 2020-21 calendar at the board meeting Jan. 14. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Humble ISD board trustees approved the 2020-21 calendar at the board meeting Jan. 14. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Humble ISD board trustees approved the 2020-21 calendar at the board meeting Jan. 14. (Courtesy Fotolia)

For the second year in a row, a majority of Humble ISD residents showed support for an academic calendar featuring extra holidays in the 2020-21 year. Trustees unanimously approved the 2020-21 calendar at the Jan. 14 board of trustees meeting, which features an early start date and two weeklong breaks in October and February.

“I know that every year the calendar is always a hot item of debate and discussion,” trustee Lori Twomey said. “This year [2019-20], we tried out the weeklong breaks, and I have received overwhelming positive feedback in my discussions—which were very much in line with the calendar survey that we did.”

Twomey also thanked the administration for moving the October break to the end of the month and term, which she said will keep students from coming back from break to multiple tests.

According to the board agenda packet, the district requested input on the calendar from Nov. 20 to Dec. 8, garnering 14,634 responses from the parents and staff members. Instead of giving the them two or three calendar drafts to choose from, district officials asked participants to select their preferred first day of school as well as whether they wanted a weeklong break in October and/or in February, a shorter break in October and/or in February, or no break in October and/or in February.

Per the results, 65% and 62% of those surveyed preferred a weeklong break in October and February, respectively. Additionally, most people surveyed preferred the first day of school to start on Aug. 10 followed closely behind by Aug. 12.


The district presented and the trustees approved a calendar with a start date of Aug. 11, two weeklong breaks in October and February, and May 28 as the last day of school.

Trustee Robert Scarfo asked district officials what was being done to encourage and incentivize survey engagement among parents and staff members, as only 29% of the people who received the survey participated in it.

HISD Chief Communications Officer Jamie Mount said the district will be considering ways to increase the calendar survey participation in following years.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



MOST RECENT

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

Houston Police Department is joining Harris County's cite-and-release program. (Courtesy HTV)
Houston Police Department to join Harris County cite-and-release program

Houston Police Department is joining Harris County's cite-and-release program.

The Houston Food Bank is looking for more volunteers as it handles increased food distribution during COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Food Bank)
Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sept. 17 that data from Texas' 22 hospital regions will dictate when certain businesses can reopen at 75% capacity. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.

Vehicles drive alongside the Tomball Tollway in Harris County. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.

(Courtesy Curry Masala)
Curry Masala opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from Greater Houston.

One in five children and adults have a learning disability, according to statistics from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his new street rehabilitation initiative Sept. 15. (Courtesy HTV)
Houston taking new approach to citywide street repairs, including sidewalks

A new system of street repairs aims to get more projects done quickly and save money to use on sidewalk work

2020 Nutcracker Market
Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market 2020 moves fall event fully online

Last year's event drew over 100,000 shoppers.

McCord Development will begin construction on Generation Park's first medical office building in 2021. (Rendering courtesy Generation Park)
First medical office building to break ground in Redemption Square

Located in Redemption Square, the five-story office building will feature ground-floor locker rooms and bicycle storage for practitioners.