NISD Seeks Feedback from Community on School Calendar Options
Northwest ISD requests community feedback on the 2018-2019 school calendar options by completing an online survey. The Northwest ISD District Education Improvement Council (DEIC), made up of parents, teachers and community members, develops and submits calendar option(s) for the upcoming school year with additional input from staff, parents and community to the NISD Board of Trustees. The DEIC will consider all input in developing the final calendar options for school board approval.
Based on feedback in previous years, the calendar options were designed with the following considerations:
• Prefer a full week holiday during Thanksgiving break
• Prefer semester exams prior to Winter holiday
• Prefer a teacher prep day following Winter holiday
• Prefer Good Friday as a holiday
The DEIC is providing two options for the 2018-2019 school calendar. Calendar Option One is similar to the current school year’s calendar, includes a 440-minute school day, with three bad weather days built into the calendar. Calendar Option Two is a 445-minute school day, adding five minutes to the end of the instructional day and the first day of school would begin on a Tuesday instead of a Monday.
House Bill 2610 requires school districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction. This bill allows districts to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by inclement weather.
The online survey begins January 23 and will be available through February 5. Community and staff may go to http://www.nisdtx.org/calendarvote to view the calendars, a list of frequently asked questions and to complete the survey with their preferred calendar option. Results will be reviewed by the DEIC in February. The board is expected to vote on the final school calendars prior to Spring Break.