Board approves 2016-2017 instructional calendar

January 19, 2016

Jan. 19, 2016—The CFISD Board of Trustees approved the Calendar Committee’s recommendation for the 2016-2017 instructional calendar during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

House Bill 1 (79th Texas Legislature) mandates that instruction for the school year may not begin before the fourth Monday in August. For the 2016-2017 instructional year, the earliest start date is Aug. 22—which will serve as the first day of school.

In the spring semester of 2016, district calendar committees were organized with broad-based representation, including teachers, parents, community members, campus administrators and district support staff. The committees worked to construct a calendar using the 75,600 minutes needed to complete a school year now required by House Bill 2610, which replaces the former requirement of 180 instructional days for a school year.

The committees agreed to recommend a calendar to the school board that added 15 minutes to the instructional day, which will allow the 2016-2017 school year to end May 25, 2017 with 173 days of instruction for students. The added time will exceed the state’s required number of minutes providing students additional instruction daily and, if needed, provide enough additional minutes to make up time for two days of inclement weather. 

The committee met to discuss various components of developing the instructional calendar before arriving at a consensus for the following calendar recommendation presented to the Board of Trustees:

  • students begin school on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016;
  • Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016, is a student/staff holiday;
  • the calendar has a five-day Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 21-25, 2016);
  • an 11-day winter break is scheduled for students (Dec. 19, 2016-Jan. 2, 2017);
  • a one-week spring break is scheduled for March 13-17, 2017;
  • Good Friday, April 14, 2017, is a student/staff holiday;
  • The school year will end on May 25, 2017 for students; and
  • Feb. 20 and May 26, 2017 are designated as inclement weather makeup days.

To download a copy of the 2016-2017 school calendar, visit the CFISD website at

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