Much like the last two years, the proposed calendar features two weeklong breaks in October and February. The first day of school is proposed for Aug. 10, while the last day of school proposed for May 27. The HISD board of trustees is set to vote on the proposed calendar at the Jan. 12 school board meeting.
In recent years, the district has determined its academic calendar in different ways. Last year, a survey was sent to participants asking which proposed holidays they saw favorably. The year prior, participants were given three calendar options to choose from.
This year, however, HISD sent only one proposed calendar. This was done because a majority of participants have been in favor of an early start date and weeklong breaks the last two years surveyed, according to the district's email.
“The proposed calendar was developed with stability and predictability in mind,” Deputy Superintendent Terry Perkins said in the emailed announcement.
For the 2020-21 calendar approved last year, 65% and 62% of those surveyed said they preferred calendar options with the breaks, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. In comparison, 50% and 31% of those surveyed for the 2019-20 calendar chose two options with additional breaks, according to the board agenda packet from February 2019.
Click here to view the proposed calendar.