As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, SISD officials are returning 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. SISD 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.
The district presented two revised calendar options and conducted a survey in late September and early October to gather input from students, staff and community members on which option they preferred. 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.
According to the survey results presented to the board of trustees Oct. 8, 3,538 of the 4,693 total survey respondents—or about 75.39%—selection Option 1 as their preferred revised calendar option. Following the board's unanimous adoption of Option 1, SISD students and staff can expect a fall intersession break, which will run Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Additionally, SISD will not hold classes on Election Day, Nov. 3.