During its Jan. 22 meeting, the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the instructional calendar for the 2024-25 school year.

In a nutshell

According to the Jan. 22 agenda packet, the 2024-25 instructional calendar includes:

  • A minimum of 75,600 operational minutes and at least 840 minutes designated for inclement weather or other issues
  • An increase in daily instructional minutes by five minutes
  • A traditional holiday structure that includes a week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks off for winter break and a week off for spring break
  • Two inclement weather days

With the five additional instructional minutes, the district is also adjusting its bell schedule, according to the Jan. 22 agenda packet. The adjusted bell schedule is as follows:

Elementary level

  • 8 a.m. start time
  • 3:20 p.m. end time

Middle level

  • 8:50 a.m. start time
  • 4:10 p.m. end time

High school level

  • 7:30 a.m. start time
  • 2:50 p.m. end time

Zooming in

The 2024-25 school year will begin on Aug. 8, 2024, and end on May 29, 2025, according to the approved draft. Holidays include:

  • Sept. 2
  • Oct. 4
  • Oct. 10-14
  • Nov. 1
  • Nov. 11
  • Nov. 25-29
  • Dec. 23, 2024-Jan. 3, 2025
  • Jan. 20, 2025
  • Feb. 17, 2025
  • March 10-14, 2025
  • March 31, 2025
  • April 18, 2025
  • April 21, 2025
  • May 26, 2025

What they’re saying

During discussion, two board members expressed concern about the number of holidays worked into the calendar and the five additional instructional minutes.

Extending the instructional day by five to 15 minutes was one of the calendar committee's guidelines for developing the calendar, according to the agenda packet.

  • “I don’t think the five minutes per day is going to make a great impact on our students,” trustee Angie Hanan said during the meeting. “Students are tired at the end of the day. ... I am going to support the calendar as presented, and I do it with trepidation.”
  • “The two concerns I have for this calendar is really the five minutes [of] extra time plus the holidays we have in October,” board President Judy Dae said. “That’s a lot of holidays.”
In an email, FBISD Director of Strategic Communications Sherry Williams said the committee is comprised of community members, trustees, teachers, students, and campus and district leaders. The committee sets the guidelines based on feedback stakeholders in the district.

Learn more

View the documents from the Jan. 22 agenda below.