Spring ISD selects Option 1 for the 2020-21 instructional calendar

After proposing two instructional calendar options for the 2020-21 school year and gathering public feedback on both, the Spring ISD board of trustees approved Option 1 in a 6-1 vote at its Jan. 14 meeting. (Courtesy Spring ISD)
After proposing two instructional calendar options for the 2020-21 school year and gathering public feedback on both, the Spring ISD board of trustees approved Option 1 in a 6-1 vote at its Jan. 14 meeting. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

After proposing two instructional calendar options for the 2020-21 school year and gathering public feedback on both, the Spring ISD board of trustees approved Option 1 in a 6-1 vote at its Jan. 14 meeting. (Courtesy Spring ISD)

After proposing two instructional calendar options for the 2020-21 school year and gathering public feedback on both, the Spring ISD board of trustees approved Option 1 at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Both calendar options, which have been endorsed by the SISD Advisory Committee on Education and align with SISD’s District of Innovation designation, have the school year beginning Aug. 17 and ending May 28—prior to Memorial Day. Both options also offer short calendar breaks throughout the year and include two parent involvement days.

In Option 1, most teacher professional days fall on Fridays, while in Option 2 most teacher professional days are planned for Mondays. Additionally, in Option 1 no classes are held on Nov. 3—Election Day—while in Option 2, Veterans Day is observed as a districtwide holiday.

SISD officials gathered public feedback on the two calendar options through an online survey throughout early January and shared those results with the board at the Jan. 14 meeting. According to SISD Chief of Staff Julie Hill, the survey garnered 2,834 total responses from district parents, guardians and teachers with 75.16% of respondents voting for Option 1.

While board Secretary Donald Davis said as a veteran, he would have preferred an option in which Veterans Day was observed as a districtwide holiday, board Vice President Deborah Jensen asserted holidays in the middle of the week are often more challenging for parents and teachers. This year, Veterans Day falls on a Wednesday.


In a 6-0 vote with Davis abstaining, the board approved Option 1. The following are student holidays and calendar breaks included in the approved instructional calendar:

Aug. 17: first day of school

Sept. 7: Labor Day

Sept. 25: 1st calendar break

Oct. 9: 2nd calendar break

Oct. 23-26: 3rd calendar break

Nov. 2-3: 4th calendar break

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving holiday

Dec. 21-Jan. 4: winter holiday

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb. 12-15: 5th calendar break

March 12-19: spring break

April 2: spring holiday

May 28: last day of school

Students attending Spring Early College Academy may have different holidays and breaks as their calendar will align with that of Lone Star College-North Harris, where they take classes. For more information about the 2020-21 SISD instructional calendar, visit www.springisd.org.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.