On March 27, 2017, the Fort Bend ISD administration will ask the Board of Trustees to adopt a 2017-18 calendar that includes 174 days of instruction, more traditional Thanksgiving and winter breaks, and more instructional time during the first and second grading periods than an original draft released in the fall of 2016. This calendar option was created by a calendar committee comprised of District, campus and community members, and also includes an August 22 start date, rather than the state-mandated August 28 start date. Under this calendar, the school year would end on May 31.
This calendar will be considered on the same night that the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees considers adoption of Fort Bend ISD’s Local Innovation Plan.
The administration will ask the Board to adopt the proposed calendar at the March 27 Board meeting.
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 consideration and adoption of the 2017-18 calendar is planned for the March 27, 2017 Board meeting.