As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, SISD officials proposed extending the 2021-22 school year for Clark Primary and Clark Elementary schools and extending the school day in 2021-22 for Bammel Elementary, Bammel Middle School, Eickenroht Elementary and Major Elementary schools, during its April 8 workshop meeting.
Made possible through two Texas Education Agency grants—the Additional Day School Year grant and the School Action Fund grant—both programs aim to improve historically low-performing schools by providing additional instruction to address summer learning loss. According to the 2018-19 TEA accountability ratings, each of the SISD campuses selected for grant participation—excluding Clark Primary School, which was not rated—received a D or F rating, meaning they needed improvement or had an "unacceptable performance."
Following Tuesday's unanimous board approval, the 2021-22 instructional calendar for Clark Primary and Clark Elementary schools will run July 19-June 22. By comparison, the 2021-22 school calendar previously approved for the rest of SISD campuses runs Aug. 11-May 26.
Additionally, while Bammel Elementary, Bammel Middle, Eickenroht Elementary and Major Elementary schools will follow the previously approved 2021-22 instructional calendar, these campuses will extend their school day next year.
Details about the extended school day schedule have not yet been announced as of April 13.