The Los Fresnos CISD Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of the Superintendent, adopted revisions to the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar during the Regular Board meeting held January 11.
The recommendation brought by Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar was to reduce the Academic Calendar by five instructional days. The revised calendar now shows June 10, 2021, as the final day of instruction and moves Commencement to June 12 instead of June 19.
The Board’s action revised the Academic Calendar previously adopted July 13, 2020. At that meeting, Salazar recommended that Los Fresnos CISD delay the start of the school year until September 8 and that the last instructional day be set for June 17.
"With all the uncertainty surrounding the start of the school year, we embedded additional minutes into the Academic Calendar," Salazar told the Board. "This was a proactive measure in anticipation that the district would have to suspend normal operations for deep cleaning. Now that we are well into the school year, it has become clear that if we have to shut down schools for deep cleaning, we can simply move to remote instruction and not miss a beat."
The Texas Education Agency requires a minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction per school year. Los Fresnos CISD had enough instructional minutes in the school year to exceed the minimum number of instructional minutes by the equivalent of five school days. The revision to the Academic Calendar reduced the class days by five.
"The additional week in the summer will allow more time for teachers to re-energize before the start of another academic year. This move will provide more time for summer maintenance and construction projects, and most importantly give us time for the targeted interventions that help close the learning gap for struggling students as well as provide the type of enrichment programs that give students a well-rounded education." Salazar said.
The updated calendar can be viewed here.