SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGE: Students and parents please note! There has been a change in the current year school calendar for the week following the winter holidays.
At the La Porte ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 8, 2011, La Porte ISD trustees voted to approve a change affecting the 2012 School Calendar. The change, if approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), will impact the Jan. 3 instructional day.
The current calendar brings students back into classrooms on Tuesday, Jan. 3, for the first day of instruction following the winter holidays.
The La Porte ISD Administration recommended, and the Board approved, a request to substitute that day of instruction for a teacher professional development day.
The extra day of professional development is intended to help teachers prepare for the new and more rigorous accountability system in Texas public education—State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
TEA rules permit school districts to waive up to five instructional days in the traditional 180 day school calendar for staff development when the professional development is designed to improve instructional effectiveness. The current school calendar incorporates three such “waiver” days. This request would add a fourth “waiver day,” and would result in students returning to school on Wednesday, Jan. 4, following the winter holiday break.
Although TEA may take up to 30 days to formally process waiver requests, the district administration does not anticipate any obstacles for the approval.
The calendars are attached here and are also available in the Parent Portal page of the LPISD website.