New Start and End Times for All Campuses Due to HB2610
All five AHISD campuses will have new start and end times for the 2016-2017 school year due to new law passed by the 84th Texas Legislature. This new law amends the Texas Education Code that used to require 180 days of instruction and now requires a minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction/year. (We are also required by state law to be in school for a minimum of 7 hours of instruction a day.)
AHISD administration has worked to make decisions around start and end times that support the needs of our learners through various developmental stages. Input from the community and staff members was taken into consideration prior to making decisions that impact all of our campuses. In order for our district to be in compliance with this state mandate, and to best meet the needs of our learners, start and end times at each campus will be altered as follows:
- Howard Early Childhood Center: 7:50 AM - 3:00 PM
- Cambridge and Woodridge Elementary: 8:20AM - 3:30 PM
- Alamo Heights High Junior School: 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
- Alamo Heights High School: 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
The later start times at the JS and HS campus support the large body of research that adolescents need more time for sleep. Research also indicates that younger children perform better earlier in the day. The most significant change will be an increase in minutes at Howard Early Childhood Center. A leadership team at Howard is making plans for the schedule of the day to include time for a new “Specials” rotation time during the day to include either music or art instruction. This specials rotation will continue to include Physical Education “gym class” throughout the week.
Although we were not looking to make these changes to the Howard schedule, this will allow our kindergarten students more time for engaging experiences and enrichment and better align their school start and stop times with the other elementary campuses. Parents will find out more information about the exciting updated Howard schedule later this spring!