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News and Announcements

2016-17 Calendar 2/3/16
At its Feb. 1 meeting, the Board discussed and adopted the 2016-2017 Student Academic Calendar. Changes for 2016-17, based on stakeholder feedback to drafts, include: A return of Spring Break to the third week of March, consistent with other districts in Region 10.

  • Moving to nine week grading periods to better align and support instructional opportunities. This change will be accompanied by the addition of academic progress updates to parents within the grading period.
  • A return of Fair Day as a staff holiday.
  • Concluding the school year in May (barring multiple snow makeup days)

The calendar is based on a slight lengthening of elementary and junior high school days to take advantage of flexibility provided by a new state requirement that school districts measure instruction provided over the course of a school year in minutes, rather than days. Elementary school days will increase 10 minutes and begin at 7:50 a.m. while junior high days will increase by 15 minutes and begin at 8:15 a.m. The existing high school schedule would remain the same. Operations staff elected to add minutes to the beginning of the day due to after school transportation and scheduling issues.

View the 2016-17 Student Academic calendar as adopted

 
 

Bond Recommendations Made 2/3/16
At its February 1 regular meeting, Superintendent Kay Waggoner recapped bond planning efforts progressing through last year involving staff, parents and community groups, concluding with a recommendation that the Board call a bond election on February 15 for $437 million in a single proposition. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennie Stone will be leading a reflector group to evaluate and recommend options to address enrollment growth.

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2016-17 Calendar 1/14/16
Trustees continued discussion about the proposed 2016-17 student academic calendar (see background). Due to a legislative change, school districts are now required to measure instruction provided over the course of a school year in minutes, rather than days. For this reason, RISD is joining many districts around Texas in considering lengthening the school day by 5-10 minutes at the elementary and junior high levels. This would better comply with the new requirement and, barring excess snow make-up days, potentially allow RISD to conclude the school year by the end of May.

District instructional staff are working on a revised calendar draft to determine the potential impact, and anticipate having recommendations for the Board at the next regular meeting in February.

 
 

Parent Weather Reminder 11/16/15
As temperatures begin to cool off and we prepare for the possibility that weather conditions may impact school schedules, please ensure your child’s school has up-to-date contact information, including an accurate phone number and email address. When inclement weather arrives, RISD will notify parents and staff directly of any closures or delays, so please make sure the district can contact you.

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  General Calendar  
  • February
  • March
February 1
Regular Board Meeting
February 11
Six Weeks Ends
February 15
Board Study Session
February 15
Student Holiday/Staff Development
February 29
Regular Board Meeting
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March 7-11
Spring Break
March 21
Board Study Session
March 25
Student & Staff Holiday
Snow Make-Up Day if Needed
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