In the fall of 2016, Fort Bend ISD’s calendar committee, comprised of District, campus and community members, created a draft 2017-18 calendar option that included shorter Thanksgiving and Winter breaks due to the state-mandated late start date and other restrictions. In December, students, parents and staff members had the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed calendar. The District received more than 18,000 surveys that overwhelmingly were against the shortened breaks.
Although it has been customary to have our District calendar approved in January, the District decided to delay decisions on the 2017-18 calendar until the Local Innovation Committee finalized their Local Innovation Plan and it was approved by the Board of Trustees. This delay will allow an opportunity for the Board to consider a calendar that is more balanced and better meets the needs of our students, staff and community.
The District Calendar Committee has been working on a traditional calendar option and one that is more innovative pending approval of the Local Innovation plan. The consideration and adoption of the 2017-18 calendar is planned for the March 27, 2017 Board meeting.