Inclement Weather Makeup Day on May 29, Frequently Asked Questions

Due to an the inclement weather day on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and a delayed start on Aug. 28, Round Rock ISD will need to hold a weather makeup day on May 29 to ensure that the required minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction is met.

May 29 was designated on the 2017-18 school calendar as a potential weather makeup day in the event that cancellations and delays put the District at a deficit in meeting the required instructional minutes. May 29, originally designated as a teacher work day, will now be a regular school day for students and teachers.

House Bill 2610, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, amended the Texas Education Code by striking language requiring 180 days of instruction and replacing it with language requiring districts to operate for a minimum of 75,600 minutes beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. The bill also allows school districts and charter schools to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions: Inclement Weather Makeup Days

How does the State of Texas measure the school year? 

House Bill 2610, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, amended the Texas Education Code by striking language requiring 180 days of instruction and replacing it with language requiring districts to operate for a minimum of 75,600 minutes beginning in the 2016-17 school year. The bill also allows school districts and charter schools to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, etc.

Why is Round Rock ISD implementing a makeup day?

The 2017 – 2018 instructional calendar is five days shorter than the previous year, with 170 days of instruction for students, and was designed to end the school year before Memorial Day. In comparison, the 2016 – 2017 calendar had 175 days. Due to the reduced calendar, the inclement weather cancellation on January 16 and the two-hour delay on August 28, there are not enough minutes to complete the 75,600 legally required instructional minutes by May 25. In order to remain within the requirements, the District must add another instructional day. Some neighboring school districts had enough minutes banked so that a makeup day was not required, but their school year is scheduled to end much later. For example, Leander ISD’s last day of school is June 8.

Why was May 29 selected to make up the missed school day?

May 29 had been previously determined as Option 1 for a  weather makeup day in the Board of Trustees approved 2017 – 2018 academic calendar. Assigning May 29 as the makeup day allows our District to remain aligned with our previously approved calendar which gives families the most accurate representation possible of what the school year will look like in the event that makeup days are needed due to cancellations and/or delays and to plan family travel accordingly. The second designated makeup day is May 30. Designating days earlier in the year is a risk, as weather events causing delays or cancellations most frequently occur in the January-March time period.

Are graduating seniors required to go to school on May 29?

The last official day of school for graduating seniors is their graduation day. They are not required to attend school after graduation.

How do cancellations due to weather affect teachers and staff?

While the instructional year is governed by minutes, Round Rock ISD employee service calendars remain based on days. Staff members are required to make up days missed due to cancellations. In order for staff to make up the day, employee service calendars will be updated to denote Tuesday, Jan. 16 as a non-work day and designate an additional work day at the end of employee service calendars.  Once finalized, employee service calendars will be updated on the District’s website.

How can we give feedback on future calendars?

The community will have the opportunity to review the potential options and give feedback on the 2018 – 2019 and 2019 – 2020 calendars from Jan. 19 to Feb. 4.