The2016-17 School Hours will change for all BISD schools. Starting August 22, 2016, all BISD elementary, middle and Clute Intermediate schools will attend classes from 8:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. All high schools, Freeport Intermediate and Lake Jackson Intermediate schools will attend classes from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Lighthouse Learning Center will attend from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is necessary to stagger start times for our schools to be able to provide bus transportation for many of our students.
In 2015, the State Legislature passed House Bill 2610 requiring students to receive at least 75, 600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recess, each year. The minutes must be calculated from the tardy bell in the morning to the dismissal bell in the afternoon. Teachers are required to be employed under a 10-month contract, providing a minimum of 187 days of service to their district. The bill also stipulated that districts include the equivalent of two bad weather makeup days in their calendar and not end the school year before May 15.
There are many benefits to changing student attendance to minutes instead of days:
- Personalizes students’ schedules based on their needs
- High school can offer up to 8 class periods
- More time in the day to offer more electives
- More flexibility for students who are taking dual credit, AP and Pre-AP courses
- Allows students taking dual credit classes at BC the opportunity to take six classes at the high school instead of five
- Offers students the ability to follow their pathway/endorsements while participating in athletics and/or fine arts courses
- Offers more availability for extracurricular choices
- Offers opportunities to include UIL academic prep classes, as well as college prep classes such as ACT and SAT prep
- Offers credit recovery (NTC) and/or trailer courses for students needing more time to learn
- Offers Accelerated Instruction (state mandate)
- Allows us to end the school year in May!
- No longer an overlap with college summer school semesters
There are also benefits for our educators. The new legislation allows student attendance days to be shortened by nine, while increasing their daily academic minutes. These nine required contract days for our teachers will allow us to provide opportunities for additional professional development. Campuses will have more time to focus on specific areas of growth with the flexibility to train their staff accordingly.
Beginning August 22, 2016:
|Elementary, Middle and CIS
|High Schools, FIS and LJI