The 2020-21 academic calendar was updated slightly on January 13, 2021, after receiving approval by the Community ISD Board of Trustees in the January 2021 board meeting. The new calendar (available in English and Spanish in the links on this page) reflects four more planning days for teachers, which will be student holidays.
These four added days give teachers more time to plan, and still leave 3.5 days built in to the calendar for bad weather days and COVID-19 precautions.
The additional planning days are:
February 12 - Friday before an original data day on Monday, February 15. This gives students a four-day weekend.
March 5- Friday before Spring Break, lengthening Spring Break for students by a day.
April 5 - Monday after Easter. This gives students a four-day weekend for Easter break.
April 30 - This gives students a three-day weekend heading into the final month of the 2020-21 school year.
2020-21 Calendar Background
The 2020-21 CISD academic calendar was developed with primary consideration for the opening the new CHS campus in August 2020, and relocating the Edge MS campus to their newly renovated home (the old CHS campus) in January 2021. It was also imperative that we developed a calendar that meets the state requirements, as well as our current instructional needs. We also do our best to maintain the traditional holiday breaks valued by our students, families and staff.
The proposed calendar and a link to the feedback survey were posted on January 7, 2020, to the CISD website and shared with all parents via Blackboard email, sent to all staff via CISD email, and posted to social media. Parents, staff, students and community members were able to provide feedback until January 31, 2020. Over 900 people provided feedback on the proposed calendar with nearly 90% of respondents indicating the proposed changes (shorter fall break, no half days, and a regular school day on Monday, April 5, 2021) were acceptable in order to conclude the school year prior to Memorial Day. Additionally, since the 2020-21 school calendar does not contain any built in bad-weather days prior to memorial day, in the event we have to close school for inclement weather, 72% of survey respondents would like to add minutes to the school day rather than attend school on June 1 and 2, 2021.
Please note: CISD planned on the 2020-21 school calendar being unique in order to accommodate the opening of the new CHS campus and a mid-year move for the middle school. Most of the changes you see to the 2020-21 calendar should not be necessary beyond next year. However, it’s important to keep in mind each year is unique and the school calendar is developed based on survey feedback, district instructional needs, peer district and university calendars, and requirements from the state. The 2020-21 school calendar was approved by the CISD Board of Trustees on Monday, February 24, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions from the Calendar Survey
Will these same calendar accomodations be necessary in future years?
- We knew the 2020-21 school calendar would need to be different to accommodate not only the opening of the new CHS campus, but a mid-year move for the middle school. Most of the changes you see to the 2020-21 calendar should not be necessary beyond next year. However, it’s important to keep in mind each year is unique and the school calendar is developed based on survey feedback, district instructional needs, peer district and university calendars, and requirements from the state.
Why don’t we just add minutes to the school day and get out earlier/have more days off?
- Our school day for elementary and secondary is already 7.5 hours, or 450 minutes. This is already one of the longer school days of any district in our area. With the state’s required number of minutes for instruction being 75,600 we must be in school for a total of at least 168 days. While we don’t want to make doing “only the minimum” our normal, since we are starting school later for the 2020-21 school year due to the opening of the new CHS campus, we are still able to complete the school year before Memorial Day.
- For comparison:
- Wylie ISD will be starting school on August 13, 2020. They have a 440 minute day and their school calendar includes 172 days.
- Rockwall ISD will be starting school on August 17, 2020. They have a 430 minute day and their school calendar includes 174 days.
How do you determine when Spring Break will be?
- The survey revealed a slight preference for a later spring break of March 15-19 (45%) over March 8-12 (43%), however previous survey results, as well as multiple open-ended comments on this year’s calendar survey have specified the importance of matching our spring break to our neighboring districts. Forney ISD, McKinney ISD, Wylie ISD, Rockwall ISD, and Commerce ISD (Pride Prep Program) have all indicated they will have spring break the 2nd week of March, therefore Community ISD spring break will be March 8 - 12, 2021.
What other calendars do we base our calendar on?
- Primary consideration goes to the calendar from our Commerce ISD and TAMU-Commerce partners so that our Pride Prep students are able to enjoy school breaks to the extent possible.
- Any nearby districts who have published a draft or adopted calendar when we begin to plan for our school calendar.
What about Bad Weather Make-up days?
- The proposed 2020-21 calendar has only the minimum amount of instructional days as required by the state. According to the calendar survey, 72% of respondents would prefer to add minutes to the remaining existing days in the event we have to close school for inclement weather, or any reason.