Don’t save the dates just yet for next school year in Fort Worth ISD.
Sound off on proposed calendar
Do you have a preference on which calendar Fort Worth ISD adopts for the 2023-24 school year? Tell the district on this survey.
The district is seeking feedback on two proposed versions of the 2023-24 school year calendar. The school board was expected to approve the next academic year calendar at its Jan. 24 meeting before Superintendent Angélica Ramsey pulled the item to seek public comments.
The main difference between the pair of proposed calendars is the winter break.
One version has the fall semester ending Dec. 21. Winter break is proposed for Dec. 22-Jan. 8. Jan. 9 would be the first day of the spring semester.
The other calendar proposed ending the fall semester on Dec. 14. Winter break would span from Dec. 15 to Jan. 2. The first day of the spring semester would be Jan. 3.
Ramsey heard from several district advisory groups that suggested changing the calendar to avoid starting the spring 2024 semester so close to New Year’s Day, she said. The superintendent also heard from district employees who raised concerns over their personal child care needs.
“We have a lot of employees who may live in other school districts. We want to make sure we’re aligned with them,” Ramsey told trustees.
School board member Anne Darr stressed the only change is to when winter break begins and ends.
“I know people are trying to plan summer vacations and camps for kids and child care and all that,” she said.
Texas requires school districts to teach 75,600 minutes of instruction every year to receive funding.
The Fort Worth ISD school board is expected to consider the next school year calendar at a special meeting scheduled for Feb. 14.
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