Ask the editor: What can parents expect this school year?

Back-to-school season is already in full swing. As parents and students prepare for the 2019-20 school year, they will notice a few changes at Keller and Northwest ISD schools.

Students who ride KISD buses will be served by a new provider. Texas Central School Bus will bring a new fleet of vehicles to the district. The company will also provide a mobile app that allows parents to track buses in real time. The app is expected to launch later this fall.

As a certified District of Innovation, NISD is adjusting the start and end dates of its 2019-20 school year. The district of innovation concept, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015, replaces the state’s requirement of 180 days of instruction to a requirement of 75,600 minutes of instruction. The flexibility allows NISD to adjust the length of its school days, early release days and professional learning days to best serve its community.
By Korri Kezar
Korri Kezar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a degree in journalism. She worked for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto edition for two years before moving to Dallas. Five years later, she returned to the company to launch Community Impact Newspaper's Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth edition, where she covers local government, development, transportation and a variety of other topics. She has also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin-American Statesman and Dallas Business Journal.