|(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD has finally adopted a school calendar that it says will be conducive and innovative to student success. That's according to Sean Hoffman, the Seguin ISD executive director of community relations. Hoffmann says thanks in large part to the district's recent designation approval as a District of Innovation, the 2018-2019 calendar committee was able to better accommodate the upcoming schedule.|
"Some notable changes included that were made by recommendations from the teachers who serve on this committee -- who garnered those suggestions from their staff at the campus level -- first semester ends prior to the holidays rather than going into January. The committee also recommended and this is based on a district innovation calendar so again, we're bringing this strategically to you, because our district innovation program has passed – so we are starting, proposing a start date during the middle of the week, actually on a Thursday. The committee felt that they could use additional days leading into that first day of school during the week to get better prepared for the school year," said Hoffmann.
The first day of school for the upcoming year will be Thursday, August. 23 while the last day of school will be May 30, 2019.
Hoffmann says the calendar also fits perfectly with the commitments found within the district's new strategic plan. Part of that plan is calls for finding ways to help support the creation of a community of professional learners in the Seguin ISD.
"We do have traditional holidays such as Labor Day in September and then Fair Day. We did increase the number of professional development opportunities for our staffs and based upon teacher recommendations as well as Mr. Schmidt’s recommendations, we tried to load those as much in the front part of the year so they're going to have more impact throughout the school year. You'll see an elementary teacher conference day on Oct. 11 and that will be a secondary professional development day. We've got two comp days built in during Thanksgiving. Again, I think something to keep in mind is that as in years past, we have to look at 187 days for our teachers. That's the number of days we have them working that calendar year. We base the calendar upon that. We also base it upon minutes. As you remember for students, we are obligated to provide a certain number of minutes, not days. So this calendar reflects making that requirement through the state for minutes that are built in, including some extra minutes that are built in should we have any days in which students are out due to inclement weather," said Hoffmann.
Hoffmann says the committee was also able to fit in an extra day at Easter.
"The committee recommended that we include a teacher work day on Easter Monday. So next year, Good Friday is April 19th with the 22nd being a work day. The logic and recommendation behind that is that we tend to have a very low student attendance on that Monday and teachers felt that if we could give the students that day, they can benefit from having a work day on that day in April," said Hoffmann.
Not found on the calendar is the day for graduation 2019. School officials say that date is determined by the high school campus and will be available to seniors as soon as it is determined.