Our Days are Numbered

Texas House Bill changes required days to required minutes, will have no huge impact on KISD


The Texas House of Representatives passed a new law called the House Bill 2610, which will change the number of required school  days to a number of required hours that the state must have each year.

The new law requires school districts to provide a minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction, instead of the regular 180 days students are required to go, Superintendent Jim Cain said.

“That being the case, school districts have been examining how they want to develop their calendars for the 2016-17 school year, “ he said.

HB 2610 is said to make the school year more flexible in case of “bad weather days.” It should not have too large of an effect on The Klein District, Cain said.

“It will not have any significant effect,” he said. “We will still have 177 days of instruction, adding only 10 minutes to each day.”

The bill went into effect immediately and Klein will be adding the new requirements onto the new calendar proposal for the 2016-17 school year.

“We will take a calendar proposal to the School Board in either February or March,” Dr. Cain said.