As Richardson ISD puts together its 2017-2018 academic calendar, it seeks input from the community and staff.

The board will consider three options, two of which include a Nov. 7 “professional development day” that excuses students from class. That’s in response to “community concerns about safety and security” on a day several RISD schools are used as polling locations.

Last November, a neighborhood mom started a petition to “stop using schools as polling locations,” which 112 people signed.

According to a recent newsletter, “three options for the 2017-18 Student Academic Calendar are presented for community and staff input; each variation commences the academic year on August 21 and concludes on May 31, with the possibility of a snow make-up day on June 1. Under all options, Fair Day, a one-week break for Thanksgiving, and a minimum two-week break for the winter holiday are preserved, as in recent years.”

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Differences between the three options and rationale, as well as where to weigh in, are included in the below links:

View Option 1

  • Closely resembles the current 2016-17 calendar
  • Professional development days are included on Oct. 6, Jan. 2 and Feb. 19.

View Option 2

  • Responds to community concerns about safety and security by excusing students for Election Day (November 7) and repurposing the day for staff development.
  • Professional development days are included on Oct. 6, Nov. 7 and Jan. 2.

View Option 3

  • Responds to community concerns about safety and security by excusing students for Election Day (November 7) and repurposing the day for staff development.
  • Professional development days are included on Nov. 7, Jan. 2 and Feb. 19.

Those with input may email risd@risd.org to share their thoughts by Dec. 15. The Board is expected to finalize the calendar in early 2017.

Watch the Board discussion
Provide feedback on 2017-18 calendar options