ABILENE – The AISD has been working since August in consultation with the Districtwide Consultation Committee (DWCC) and Communication Council to develop the 2020-21 Academic calendar for the Abilene ISD, and we’ve narrowed the process to two final options for study and feedback. The calendar survey is not a vote, but instead lets us know which option our employees, parents, students and district stake-holders believe best suits the best interests of the AISD.

The survey will run from today (Nov. 8) through Monday, Nov. 18, and then we’ll be providing the DWCC and Communication Council the feedback at their combined meeting on Nov. 20, allowing us to narrow the choice to one option. That option will then be presented to the Board of Trustees at our December board meeting for their vote.

The biggest differences between the two are that Option #1 starts school earlier (Thursday, Aug. 20) as opposed to a later start in Option #2 (Tuesday, Aug. 25). Also, Option #1 has a “Fall Break” with a student holiday on Friday, Oct. 9, followed by the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, Oct. 12, while Option #2 only has the Columbus Day holiday. Both calendars feature a full week of Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 23-27), and both calendars have a teacher Professional Development / Work Day on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, with students returning for the start of the second semester on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.

The school year on Option #1 ends on Thursday, May 27, 2021, while Option #2 goes through Friday, May 28, 2021. Graduation ceremonies for both options are set for Saturday, May 29, 2021.

You’ll find the survey at this link:.https://www.abileneisd.org/calendars/2020-2021-calendar-survey/