Frequently Asked Questions: 2017-2018 School Calendar

2017-18 School Calendar: ENGLISH  |  SPANISH

Developing Crowley ISD’s school calendar is a collaborative process and takes several months to finalize. Prior to approval by the School Board, input is gathered from parents, teachers, principals, district administrators, and the District-Wide Education Improvement Council (DWEIC). 

This FAQ is intended to provide insight regarding important calendar dates and answers to questions about the development and adoption of Crowley ISD’s school calendar.

When are the first and last days of school?
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 is the first day of school. Friday, May 25, 2018 is the last day of school. Crowley ISD has become a District of Innovation which gives us more flexibility in creating our calendar and deciding on start and end dates to best serve our community.  

When does the first semester end?
The first semester ends Dec. 21, 2017. This will allow students to take semester exams prior to Winter Break at the recommendation of high school and middle school teachers, principals, parents and DWEIC. 

What happens on early release days?
The District has scheduled four early release days for Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade to allow for crucial staff development training and collaboration time (Oct. 6, Dec. 21, Feb. 16 and May 25). Early release times are 11:35 a.m. for elementary, 12:05 p.m. for intermediate and middle school, and 12:40 p.m. for high school. In addition, high school students will have early release on Dec. 20 and May 24 to study for semester exams.

What are the school start/end times?
See chart below. Elementary, intermediate and middle school students will go to school longer each day in 2017-18 to allow for the school year to end before Memorial Day. High school times remain unchanged.

 2016-2017
 Start/End Time 
(This school year)
2017-2018
Start/End Time
(Next school year)
 Elementary School  7:35 – 2:50  7:35 – 2:56
 Intermediate/Middle School  8:05 – 3:30  8:05 – 3:35
 High School  8:40 – 4:10  8:40 – 4:10
 
Why are there no bad weather makeup days included on the calendar?
The Texas Education Agency requires school calendars to include two bad weather makeup days or 840 minutes. These bad weather makeup minutes are built into the regular instructional minutes during the school year, so no additional makeup days are required.

How can I find state testing dates for my child? 
State testing dates (STAAR and End of Course Assessments) can be found by grade/subject level on the Texas Education Agency’s website: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/calendars/ 

When will high school graduations be held?
Dates for CHS and NCHS graduations will be announced when facilities for the ceremonies have been secured. 

How does this school calendar compare with other local school districts?
Crowley ISD coordinates with other surrounding districts, including Fort Worth ISD, in developing a school calendar in an effort to ensure we have similar start/end dates and the same major holidays as possible.

Other calendar questions? Please email information@crowley.k12.tx.us

 

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