As parents and guardians already know, many districts across Central Texas—including Lake Travis—closed January 16 due to inclement weather. Subsequently, Lake Travis ISD officials recently announced that students would need to make up the Bad Weather Day on Friday, March 30 as indicated on the district's current instructional year calendar.
However, upon review of the district's existing instructional minutes and following discussions with the Texas Education Agency, Lake Travis ISD officials have determined that the district will have a sufficient number of instructional minutes for students this year. As a result, students will not need to make up the Bad Weather Day from January 16 and will not attend school on Friday, March 30.
In an email sent to parents Friday, Feb. 2 from Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster, he indicates, "It is important to keep in mind, however, should we need to close our schools due to inclement weather prior to March 30, students would then be required to make up this additional missed day. As previously stated, the Bad Weather Make-up Day indicated on our current instructional year calendar is Friday, March 30."
Additionally, the superintendent believes much uncertainty still remains regarding TEA’s rules for calculating instructional minutes.
"The rules currently in place are already scheduled to be changed for next year," added Dr. Lancaster. "This is a transition year, and we must be prepared to make additional adjustments as needed. Regardless, I offer my apologies for any confusion or inconvenience our previous announcement may have caused. On behalf of our school board and staff, I thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility. Rest assured, all decisions will continue to be made in the best interest of our students and staff."