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  • New Start/Stop Times for the 2016-17 School Year Adds 15 Minutes to End of School Day for all Students

    Updated: May 9, 2016

    After further review and consideration, Fort Bend ISD will add 15 minutes to the end of the instructional school day for the 2016-17 school year for all grade levels. Initially, the District planned to increase the school day by 20 minutes, with instruction beginning five minutes earlier and ending fifteen minutes later at the elementary and middle school levels, and adding 20 minutes to the end of the day at the high school level.

    However, after further review and consideration, it became apparent transportation costs to accommodate the 20-minute addition amounted to significantly more than expected. The addition of 15 minutes to the end of the school day creates a schedule that is more cost effective, but still allows for extra instructional time.


    Start Time

    End Time

    High School

    7:30 a.m.

    2:45 p.m.

    Elementary School

    8:10 a.m.

    3:25 p.m.

    Middle School

    8:55 a.m.

    4:10 p.m.


    What will happen during the extra minutes?

    Much consideration was given to how the additional minutes will most benefit students. The District outlined an overall focus for the minutes; however, principals will be provided some flexibility to accommodate the unique needs of their campuses.

    • At the elementary school level, the 15 additional minutes will be used for enrichment activities and individualized student support/tutorials. This will create additional opportunities for our campuses to organize their master schedules as appropriate by age of students and teacher needs.
    • At the middle school level, the additional 15 minutes will be added to the end of first period or the beginning of second period. This time will be used in a structured, well-planned manner and may include enrichment and/or intervention activities, as determined by the campus and student needs. Each school will refer to this as their “mascot time” allowing for a consistent purpose across the District.
    • At the high school level, periods 1, 2, 6 and 7 will start and stop consistently across the District and will not reflect additional minutes. This consistency in bell schedules will facilitate potential distance learning opportunities and allow for uniformity should a middle school student take a high school credit required course during first period at the high school. Periods 3, 4 and 5 will contain the additional 15 minutes. Campuses will have flexibility to use this time for tutoring, advisory, clubs, occasional assemblies or a combination of the above. High schools will determine their focus based on the needs of their campus.

    Fort Bend ISD believes that the additional minutes used in clearly focused directions as outlined above will benefit our students and allow for much-needed services to be covered during the school day.