Richardson ISD considers adding fall holidays in 2014-’15, asks district residents to weigh in

educationRichardson ISD is considering changes to the 2014-2015 calendar; administrators are requesting input from staff, students, parents and community members.

Two options are under consideration for the 2014-15 student academic calendar. “Both meet the state-required number of instructional and staff development days,” district representatives note, “and each begins the school year on the fourth Monday in August, which is the earliest start date permitted by the state.”

Option A: Stick to the current 2013-14 Student Academic Calendar in terms of holidays and staff development days.

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Option B: Add two additional holidays the week of Thanksgiving, resulting in a full week off for Thanksgiving Break. This option would remove Fair Day as a staff holiday and make it a staff development day to provide one of the additional days during the week of Thanksgiving. It also would move the staff development day from the Monday immediately following Spring Break to the week of Thanksgiving to provide the second additional day. Fair Day would continue as a student holiday under both options.

To weigh in on the potential changes, respond to this brief survey. Your survey key is:  SsQPXYQsWsPsPsP

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