School board approves 2017-2018 instructional calendar

The Lake Travis school board approved the 2017-2018 instructional calendar at its regular meeting Tuesday night, January 17th.  The calendar was developed in coordination with the District’s Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), the District of Innovation (DOI) committee, and input from district and campus staff.

"The development of our instructional calendar is a critical task that affects our students, staff and community," said Lake Travis ISD superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster.  "It is important to applaud these committees and staff for their hard work and commitment."

The school board approved two (2) versions of the 2017-2018 instructional calendar, one with Expedited Waivers and one without.  Expedited Waivers are available through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and allow districts to incorporate additional days for Professional Development and Early Release.  Should TEA rescind its waiver policy—or should any changes be made by the state legislature, the district will use the Optional version of the calendar with fewer Professional Development days and changes in Early Release days.

During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, a revision pertaining to Professional Development days in December 2017 and January 2018 was made to the calendar posted in BoardBook (online board meeting agenda and supporting material packet).  Therefore, the calendar contained in the January 17, 2017 BoardBook should be disregarded.

According to both versions of the new calendar, the first day of instruction will be Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and the last day of instruction will be Friday, May 25, 2018.  Ending the year in May allows more time for planning for summer school and college enrollment for the summer sessions.  Additionally, grading periods and semesters are more equally distributed with professional development occurring at the beginning, middle, and end of the year.

Finally, district officials have added ‘LT Family Night’ as an event to be observed Wednesday, October 11.  ‘LT Family Night’ was proposed by the Hudson Bend Middle School student council to the district’s ACE committee last year.  The intent of this designation is to spotlight the importance of family time for students, parents and staff across the district.  As a result, the district has made a commitment that there will be no homework assigned on ‘LT Family Night.’

The school board-approved 2017-2018 instructional calendar and Optional calendar have been posted on each school website (under ‘About Us’ and ‘QuickFind’), linked here for your convenience.

"Through the work of our committees and input to principals from campus staff, we are confident the 2017-2018 calendar provides the framework for us to best meet the instructional requirements for our students as well as the professional development needs of our teachers and staff," added Dr. Lancaster.  "We appreciate your patience through the calendar development and adoption process."