School Year Calendars For 2017-2018
2017-2018 Calendar Background
The Board of Trustees approved the 2017-18 school calendar on February 13. A draft calendar was proposed in November and public comment was solicited. Based on those comments, several changes were made. The calendar was adjusted to include a full two weeks of winter vacation. Friday, December 22 was also included as a holiday to allow an extra day for holiday travel.
School Times For 2017-2018
Elementary School 7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Middle School 8:25 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Lowery Freshman Center 8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
Allen High School 8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. (no change from 2016-17)
Questions and Answers
Why doesn’t AISD give a shorter Thanksgiving and/or Winter Break to better balance the number of days per semester, end school earlier in the spring, and help parents with child care concerns?
Over the last several years, AISD has asked for feedback from the community on the possibility of shorter Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Overwhelmingly, the community has responded negatively to shorter Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. Parents have commented that they need the longer Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks to travel to distant family members, to better divide joint custody time, and to plan events with their students. Therefore, AISD has respected the requests of the majority of the community and gone with longer Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks.
How does AISD decide on the placement of the Bad Weather Days? Why not make Memorial Day a Bad Weather Day?
When AISD looks at the Bad Weather make-up days, we first have to plan any days in late spring after the possibility of inclement weather. We also look at dates that will least disrupt plans for holidays and summer break. AISD has considered making Memorial Day a Bad Weather make-up day, but we believe that attendance on that day would be considerably lower than a regular school day. Lower attendance is a factor in our state funding, so we do not want to jeopardize any funding for our students. AISD has traditionally scheduled the Bad Weather make-up days around a weekend in the spring to allow parents and students to make plans if the day is not used. We have also made the day after the last day of school a Bad Weather make-up day (traditionally a Friday) so that there will be the least disruption to families that have made summer travel plans immediately after school ends.
Why doesn’t AISD have other breaks in the Spring Semester in addition to Spring Break?
Considering community response in favor of longer Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, any additional days off in the Spring Semester would force the school year to end even later in June. We have also gotten community feedback that many people like the earliest dismissal as possible, in late May or early June.
Why doesn’t AISD do Early Release Days for Staff Development?
AISD has found that Early Release Days put an undue burden on parents because many are forced to find and pay for child care when the students are not in school. Early Release Days also create logistical problems for bus transportation routes.