2014-2015 CISD Calendar Information
Texas Education Code (TEC) 25.081 states that school districts will provide 180 days of instruction for students. It also allows districts to apply for a waiver to have as few as 175 days of instruction to allow classroom teachers additional days of professional development to improve their curricular knowledge and instructional strategies. Under the provisions of TEC 25.081, CISD has been granted waivers from the Texas Education Agency for a number of years to allow for 178 days of instruction and two additional days of professional development for our teaching staff.
Texas schools cannot begin classes before the fourth Monday in August, with no provisions for a waiver. For 2014 that date will be August 25.
What are the CISD school calendar development considerations?
The groups that work directly with school calendar development consider these priorities and factors to guide their planning:
Carefully set the number of instructional days in each semester and take into account the state testing days in the second semester
Provide 178 days for student instruction
How does the state testing schedule impact the school calendar?
Testing schedules that are set at the state level impact where vacation days can be located. Since most state testing dates are scheduled for the spring months, the instructional time available during the spring semester is reduced unless additional days are added to the second semester. New End of Course exams for high school students will add additional days to the testing schedule. At this point, the TEA has released a tentative testing calendar for the 2014-15 school year, so there is a chance the calendar will need to be amended.
What are professional development days for teachers?
The state requires that all school calendars include two holidays that can be used as student instructional days should inclement weather force school closings. The days must be scheduled late enough in the year that the greatest threat of bad weather has passed. In the Texas Panhandle, the most frequent reason for schools to be closed is due to snow and ice. Therefore, the CISD school calendar will always include two holidays in April and/or May that are designated as bad weather make-up days.
How is Spring Break determined?
Canyon ISD recognizes that many families have connections with other area school districts and universities. Therefore, the district strives to coordinate spring break with Amarillo ISD and other area public schools. Consideration is also given to the spring break schedules of Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University. Although the district cannot always coordinate spring break with every educational institution, we strive to make this a high priority.
What is the 2014-2015 Calendar Development Process for CISD?
The school calendar development process encompasses several steps to insure input from teachers, parents, administrators and the CISD community. The steps are as follows:
Several district groups are charged with the responsibility of giving formal school calendar development input. These are as follows:
CISD District Advisory Council (Membership includes: parents, community members, teachers and administrators)
CISD campus principals
CISD central office administrative team
A draft option is presented to each group. All suggestions and feedback are recorded and considered.
The draft calendar is currently being offered for public review through our district website. The public may provide feedback to the district by telephone, email, or fax. All public input will be recorded, considered, and shared with the central office administrative team and the CISD Board of Trustees.
Where can I get additional information or provide comments?