FISD Board approves new 2017-18 school calendar

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The Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees approved the school calendar for 2017-2018 at their regularly scheduled Feb. 13 meeting.

While much of the new school calendar for Friendswood ISD is similar to calendars of the past years, it does have some differences in it based on feedback from the District of Innovation Committee and campus site based committees.

Holidays are the same as in the past such as a full week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Winter Break and one week for Spring Break. Traditional holidays are also returning on the new plan.

The same early dismissal days for secondary, Dec. 22, 23 and May 30, 31 and elementary Dec. 23 and May 31.

Differences include the starting date for school as well as additional professional development days.

School in FISD for 2017-2018 will begin Aug. 16, which is mid-week. There are also six additional days spread out throughout the school year in the calendar for professional development days for FISD teachers.

House Bill 2610 provided legislation that changed the way districts determine instructional time in the schools for students. The recent legislation changed the instructional formula from days to minutes. Now students must have 75,600 minutes within the calendar school year.

According to FISD officials, the law was established to allow bad weather days to be made up by adding additional time to the remaining days instead of adding additional days to the calendar.

The legislation also provided school districts the flexibility to create their own calendar with extended school times if needed, fewer school days in the year, and early release days.

Friendswood ISD students will attend school for 174 days on the new approved calendar, 425 minutes a day for a total of 75,630 minutes.

To see the new calendar for 2017-2018, go to the FISD website at www.myfisd.com.

Story by Karolyn Gephart