District of Innovation Exemptions - Archive

October 17, 2016

  • Length of School Day
  • School Start Date

At their October 17 Workshop meeting, Trustees heard a presentation and engaged in a discussion about four State statutes related to “Time” that pose barriers to learning. In order to achieve the intended outcomes of SBISD’s strategic plan, district administration recommended Trustees consider enacting exemptions at this time for two of the four statutes, beginning with those related to length of a school day and the school start date.

In alignment with district policy guidelines for considerations under DoI, on Monday, October 24, 2016, Trustees approved a 30-day public comment period as they consider exemptions related to these two statutes:
Length of a School Day – TEC 25.082(a) states,
“A school day shall be at least seven hours each day, including intermissions and recesses.”
  • This exemption is NOT intended to lengthen the school day for students or teachers. It would allow our schools to continue having the flexibility they currently have to schedule early-release or late arrival days. Note that 24 SBISD schools currently take advantage of such scheduling flexibility.
School Start Date – TEC 25.0811(a) states,
“…a school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August.”


Following a 30-day public comment period, the SBISD Board of Trustees reviewed public comments received and considered whether to move forward to enact an exemption on each statute.
30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (October 27, 2016 – November 25, 2016)