Fort Bend ISD to discuss plans, calendar for 2020-21 school year at July 13 meeting

Fort Bend ISD will present its plans for the 2020-21 school year, including several changes to the calendar, at the special called board of trustees meeting July 13. (Community Impact staff)
Fort Bend ISD will present its plans for the 2020-21 school year, including several changes to the calendar, at the special called board of trustees meeting July 13. (Community Impact staff)

Fort Bend ISD will present its plans for the 2020-21 school year, including several changes to the calendar, at the special called board of trustees meeting July 13. (Community Impact staff)

Fort Bend ISD will present its plans for the 2020-21 school year, including several changes to the calendar, at the special called board of trustees meeting July 13, according to the meeting agenda available online.

Superintendent Charles Dupre previously said he hopes to use this meeting to present more fleshed-out instructional plans for the fall.

“One of the things we've talked about in Fort Bend—in our boardroom with our board as well as with our staff—is that there is no going back to how things once were,” Dupre said during a July 1 virtual town hall. “As we plan this new year and truly every year after this, we will be reimagining how we do education."

The district has already announced that it plans to offer both in-person and online learning, but a hybrid model—where students are in the classroom part time and at home part time—will be a fallback.

“We have learned so many valuable things in the couple of months that we did online learning that we are going to build on going forward,” Dupre continued during the online event. “Life in Fort Bend will never be the same. We are truly transforming our students’ education experience.”


Additionally, the board of trustees will consider changes to the 2020-21 calendar. All changes to the calendar must be approved by the board.



A draft version of the proposed calendar available online shows the board will consider adding two weeks of intercession in October and three additional days in February. Intercession periods would be used for providing instruction to certain students, as rolling breaks or as virus or bad weather makeup days, according to the district document.

The first day of school will remain Aug. 12, and the last day will be June 2, 2021. The proposed calendar does include “COVID-19 tentative” days from June 4-11. The previously approved calendar had the last day of instruction as May 26, 2021.

The district has previously stated that it will ask parents to declare whether they want children to receive face-to-face or online learning during the week of July 27. Students will be committed to their choice for at least the first nine weeks of school, Dupre has said.

View the meeting agenda, and find information on how to address the board or watch live here.
By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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