Fort Bend ISD is inviting the public to share its input on the proposed 2016-17 FBISD Calendar, which will be voted upon at the board’s Jan. 19 meeting.
The public has until tomorrow to comment and share input on the calendar, which includes an additional 20 minutes per day of added instruction at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
The new calendar was formed due to state legislation which updated the Texas Education Code to require 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days. FBISD currently has 73,500 minutes of instruction – which is 2,100 less than the state will require beginning next year.
The proposed schedule would add one more instructional school day to the calendar.
If the board doesn’t pass it, the district would have to make up bad weather days.
The district formed the calendar with input from administrators, teachers, parents and other stakeholders.
House Bill 2610 also allows districts flexibility to add minutes to the school day to compensate for instruction lost due to school closures caused by bad weather, without having to add make-up days.
If approved, the update will increase instruction time from 420 to 440 minutes per day, but teacher contracts will remain at 480 minutes.