HISD Board of Education to Consider Lengthening Elementary School Class Time
The Houston ISD Board of Education will today consider giving preliminary approval to a policy requiring all elementary schools to adopt a minimum 7 hour and 15 minute daily schedule.
The proposal is intended to provide schools more flexibility to meet their students’ academic and developmental needs. Earlier this spring, the Board of Education approved a resolution encouraging all elementary principals to offer their students daily recess, and this proposal would further enable them to do so.
Currently, the length of school days at HISD elementary campuses ranges from 7 hours to 7 hours and 40 minutes, meaning no school’s day would be lengthened by more than 15 minutes under this proposal. Schools that already exceed the minimum time requirement would be able to continue doing so.
The board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 West 18th St.