Students attend school one less day under 2018-19 Austin calendar


Highlights

The approved calendar brings students back to school sooner, but they also get a head start on summer.

Students will attend school one less day than this year, while teachers have 11 work days without students.

Austin district students will attend school one less day than the current year under the 2018-19 academic calendar.

The school board Monday night approved the 2018-19 school calendar, which starts students back in class Aug. 20. Summer will come slightly earlier, however, as students will be released from school May 24, 2019, the Friday prior to Memorial Day.

More than 25,000 parents and employees — an increase of 20 percent with 4,935 more votes — gave feedback on the calendar options, and the majority preferred Calendar A over two other options that would have started and ended the school year later.

Students will attend school 176 days and still must meet state required 75,600 instructional minutes. By increasing the overall minutes of school throughout the year, students will attend one less day. Broken down by campus levels, high school students will spend the most time on campus with 79,200 minutes, middle school students will attend 76,035 minutes and elementary students will have 76,032 minutes.

Other highlights include:

• High school final exams will be given prior to winter break.

• Students will get an entire week off for Thanksgiving, with student holidays running Nov. 19-23.

• Winter break will start on Friday, Dec. 21 and run through Jan. 1, 2019.

• Spring break remains a full week, from March 18 through March 22, 2019.

• Bad weather make up days, if needed, are scheduled for Feb. 18 and April 19, 2019.

• Teachers have 187 duty days, including 11 work days without students with eight professional development days, starting Aug. 13.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Community news: ACC hosts open house Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN ACC hosts open house Saturday Austin Community College’s Health Sciences Division will host an open house for those interested in exploring careers in health care from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eastview campus, 3401 Webberville Road. Community members and prospective students can tour facilities, view demonstrations...
Man and woman seriously injured in East Austin stabbing
Man and woman seriously injured in East Austin stabbing

Update 11:30 p.m.: Three people were taken to a hospital for stab wounds on Sunday night. Police were conducting an investigation underneath and around the Pleasant Valley Road overpass near 7th Street in East Austin. A third person was also taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries about an hour after two others were rushed...
Texas Digest: Baby hippo dies at Dallas Zoo

DALLAS Hippopotamus born at zoo exhibit dies The first hippopotamus born at a new Dallas Zoo exhibit has died. Zoo officials said a female hippo gave birth early Saturday to her first calf, but she did not help the newborn to the surface of the pool soon enough, The Dallas Morning News reported. Harrison Edell, the zoo’s vice president of animal...
DPS trooper is shot east of San Antonio
DPS trooper is shot east of San Antonio

A Department of Public Safety trooper was shot in eastern Bexar County while pursuing a suspect around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The incident occurred near Interstate 10 and Graytown Road, SAEN reports, and a suspect may have been shot as well. The Express-News reports that San Antonio police and Bexar County deputies...
Third-graders in Missouri selling raffle tickets for AR-15 weapon
Third-graders in Missouri selling raffle tickets for AR-15 weapon

Selling raffle tickets to benefit an athletic team is not new, but having an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon as the prize is drawing heavy criticism in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 and injured dozens, The Kansas City Star reported. Third-graders in the southern Missouri city of Neosho were selling the tickets to...
More Stories