Calendar Survey

Calendar Survey

The DeSoto ISD Calendar Committee has developed two calendar options for consideration for the 2020-2021 school year. In both calendar options, students have 170 instructional days and exceed the state required 75,600 minutes of instruction. Additionally, teachers have 187 work days, as required by the state. After reviewing the two options, please complete the survey to indicate your preference.

Calendar option 1 is a traditional approach to the academic school year. You will notice that it is very similar to our current academic calendar with the exception of the following changes:

  • Minor changes to school start and end times:
  • Extend high school by 10 minutes
  • Separate elementary and middle school start and end times
  • Early Release during final exam for secondary campuses
  • Extending early release from 3.5 to 4 hours

Calendar option 2 is an innovative approach to the academic school year. The major change from the traditional calendar is the incorporation of 11 bi-weekly half days throughout the school year. These 11 half-days are early release days. Students will be dismissed midday and transportation will run accordingly. After students are dismissed, staff will participate in professional learning during the afternoon. In this model, professional learning is a combination of district, campus, and personally directed learning opportunities. Using this time strategically creates space for teachers to maintain a laser-like focus during the week planning that will help yield a positive impact on student outcomes and relationships. 
Calendar option 2 also includes the following considerations:

  • Minor changes to school start and end times:
  • Extend high school by 10 minutes
  • Separate elementary and middle school start and end times
  • Early Release during final exam for secondary campuses
  • Extending early release from 3.5 to 4 hours

Calendar option 2 also creates an opportunity for the school district to offer K-12 students an innovative learning experience during the morning on each of the half days.

LAB Day – Learning and Beyond



During the morning of a LAB Day, staff across the district would offer seminar courses based on their personal passions and student interests. Each semester students would register for 1 to 2 courses that are most interesting to them. Participation in these LAB seminars supports the development of meaningful connections between staff and students as well as gives students the opportunity to explore interests that may spark future passions of their own. LAB Days are considered an academic day. As a result, students are required to attend school and will receive a grade for their participation in seminar courses

After the early release, while staff are engaged in professional learning, parents have the responsibility to plan for their student’s after school plans. We recognize that a half-day may create complications for some families. Pending Board approval, the district is working with external organizations as well as our grant programs, the district wants to connect parents with after school programming options for every financial situation. This means after available school activities may range from the following:

  • On-campus district funded/sponsored programming,
  • Off campus programming offered at a lower District negotiated rate for participation,
  • Scholarship funding available through an outside resource for participation in a program, and
  • Parent funded on or off-campus after school activities.

All after school programming options shared with parents are opt-in based and not required.

For more information, review the Academic Calendar Options PowerPoint and the LAB Day FAQs.

Click here for the LAB FAQs

Click here for the Academic Calendar Options PowerPoint

 

Click on any of the calendars below to preview the calendars before taking the survey


                                        Calendar Option 1    Option 2


 


Please click HERE to review the options and complete the survey