The RRISD School Board released their proposed 2017-2018 Academic Calendar this week and it has a few surprises. Check out these changes and provide feedback to the school district if you have any comments or concerns.
Keep in mind these parameters that the district used to create the proposed calendar:
- The calendar must include 169 instructional days and 16 professional development days.
- The District’s distinction as a District of Innovation (DOI) allows Round Rock ISD to begin classes earlier than the public school requirement of following the third Monday in August.
- The calendar option features a full-week break at Thanksgiving and 13 school days in December.
- Both calendar options feature professional development on the following days: The Monday before school begins,Columbus Day, the final day prior to winter break in December and the day prior to students returning after winter break,President’s Day, and the day following Memorial Day.
Proposed 2017-2018 RRISD Academic Calendar Review:
- RRISD will start a Week Earlier than most Texas schools. With the Texas state mandate of public schools not beginning instruction earlier than the 4th Monday in August, the proposed calendar has classes beginning on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
- RRISD School Year ends before Memorial Day. Starting a week early, gets us out before the Memorial Day weekend – school will end on Friday, May 25, 2018.
- Winter & Thanksgiving Breaks stay the same. The calendar gives an entire week off at Thanksgiving (November 20-24) and a full 2 weeks at the Holidays (December 19-January4).
- Longer School Days.The proposed school day times:
Elementary schools: 7:40 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
Middle schools: 8:20 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
High schools: 9:05 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
- Two 4-Day Weekends for Students. Staff workdays have been built in with 2 days in October and 2 days in February, giving students a 4 day weekend.