As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, SISD officials are now looking to return to a traditional calendar for the 2020-21 school year per Texas Education Agency guidance, which now gives districts the ability to move to remote learning should campus closures be required, making planned COVID-19 breaks unnecessary. The SISD board of trustees had previously approved a revised calendar for the 2020-21 school year in May, which featured intersessional breaks and ran Aug. 17-June 25.
"We heard from our parents, staff and students that ending the school year in late June will pose challenges," SISD Superintendent Rodney Watson said in a statement. "We think these two new proposals will help address those concerns and help us leverage our ability to pivot to remote learning as needed, whether it's for COVID-19 or weather."
According to a district news release, both calendar options run Aug. 17-June 4 and reduce the number and length of the previously approved intersessional breaks. While Option 1 includes two short intersession breaks Oct. 30-Nov. 2 and Feb. 11-12, Option 2 eliminates the fall intersession break but still includes one in February.
The survey results and a calendar recommendation will be presented to the SISD board of trustees for consideration at the Oct. 13 meeting.
To take the revised 2020-21 instructional calendar survey, click here.