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


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

Texas Democrats see big jump in turnout on first day of early voting

In the state’s 15 counties with the most registered voters, 51 percent more Democrats voted Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the party’s March 6 primary, than voted on the first day of early of voting for the 2014 Democratic primary. Meanwhile, the number of Republican primary voters on Tuesday increased by just 16 percent in...
Will Abbott take advice on Whitaker’s death sentence?
Will Abbott take advice on Whitaker’s death sentence?

Whether Gov. Greg Abbott spares death row inmate Thomas Whitaker from Thursday evening’s scheduled execution could hinge on how much trust the governor places on the group of advisers who recommended mercy in the case. Spurred by the father who Whitaker tried to have killed in 2003, all seven members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles supported...
Austin police ID man killed in Monday shooting, name officers involved

Austin police have identified a man who was fatally shot during an officer-involved shooting on Monday as 23-year-old Thomas Vincent Alvarez. Police also named seven officers who were placed on administrative leave after opening fire on Alvarez as Matthew Henion, DeAndre Wright, Nicholas Grebhart, Benjamin Rogers, Robert Brady, Rafael Rosales and Khristof...
Hundreds of Austin-area students walk out in wake of Florida shooting
Hundreds of Austin-area students walk out in wake of Florida shooting

Nearly 500 students at schools across Central Texas staged walkouts Wednesday to demand safer campus policies, call for stricter gun laws and show their solidarity with students in Florida after a high school shooting there that left 17 people dead. The demonstrations came one week after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
Graham forged deep friendships with Texas political giants
Graham forged deep friendships with Texas political giants

Billy Graham swam naked with Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House, prayed with LBJ at Camp David and said words over the late president’s casket alongside the Pedernales River. He joined George W. Bush for a 1985 dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean at Kennebunkport, Maine, an unknowing and unofficial baptism for a man close to giving up the bottle...
More Stories