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AISD Board Approves 2016-17 Instructional Calendar

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved the calendar for the 2016-17 school year at the Dec. 14 board meeting.

This option includes a full week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, similar to other local school districts in Central Texas, in 2016.

To accommodate this change, there will be one fewer vacation day during winter break for staff. The first day of classes for students is Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, and the last day is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Other changes include:

  • Bad weather makeup days are Feb. 20, 2017 (Presidents Day), and May 26 (staff development day).
  • Winter break is Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016-Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 for students (10 days); Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016-Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, for staff (nine days).
  • Districtwide staff development days are Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017; Friday, April 14, 2017; and Friday, May 26, 2017.
  • The last teacher workday is Friday, June 2, 2017.

Two options for the 2016-17 calendar were submitted by the Calendar Task Force, with the final decision left to the board. The task force shared calendar options for review, input and online vote. Staff and parents were able to review and give feedback on the calendar options for 23 days on the AISD website. Posters were displayed at every campus and district facility and two phone surveys were conducted to solicit feedback. Surveys were also conducted at meetings of the Campus Community Advisory, Teachers Advisory Council, Student Advisory and the District Advisory Committee.

The Calendar Task Force convenes annually to begin the work of developing and recommending calendar drafts for the school year. The task force is composed of teachers, parents, principals, members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, representatives from Education Austin, and PTA and central support staff.

Members reviewed state and local trends, previous calendar survey results, student and staff attendance trends and local and state calendars.

For more information or to download a copy of the 2016-17 calendar, please visit austinisd.org/calendar. ### Austin ISD is the largest school district in Central Texas, serving more than 83,000 students at 130 schools. Follow AISD on Twitter at @AustinISD or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/austinisd.