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Northwest ISD considering earlier school year start date

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Northwest ISD is considering starting the school year earlier in August.

The district is asking community members to vote for one of three calendar options, two of which would begin the school year early, according to a district news release.

  • Option A: Start date of Aug. 20, end date of May 22 (before Memorial Day), with five built-in professional learning waiver days
  • Option B: Start date of Aug. 14, end date of May 22, with six built-in professional learning waiver days and one extra day of Christmas break
  • Option C: Start date of Aug. 25, end date of May 29, with two built-in professional learning waiver days

The district’s current calendar most closely resembles Option C. If the district decides that it wants to choose Option A or B, the district would have to become a “District of Innovation,” a concept created by the 2015 Texas Legislature that allows school districts to access many of the same options available to charter schools, including earlier starts to the school year. Lewisville ISD and Denton ISD are Districts of Innovation and have changed their calendars to start the school year in mid-August.

The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees is expected to vote on its District of Innovation status at its Jan. 14 meeting, during which the results of the calendar feedback vote will also be presented. A decision on the 2019-20 school calendar would come later.

Click here for more information and to vote for your preferred calendar.

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