WFISD seeks opinion on proposed calendar

WICHITA FALLS - The second half of the 2017-2018 school year has already begun and WFISD officials are already developing the 2018-2019 school year calendar.

WFISD Public Information Officer, Ashley Thomas said, "We've received feedback from parents that seems to be a little inconvenient for some parents to have early release days throughout the year because not all parents have the ability to pick their kids up in the middle of the day or they don't have childcare in the afternoon." 

Thomas told us because of feedback, the district would have fewer early release days, Spring Break and Christmas Break would be a week later, and Thanksgiving would be a week long. 

WFISD parent, Kimbra Crowe said, "Either way, it's fine with us because we don't really do  anything, we may just go out of town for a day or something." 

WFISD parent, Angelica Alambar added, "If I need the time off, my boss is really good about letting me have the time off. If I need a week, I just ask for it in advance and stuff like that, it works good with me, they work with me so," but not every parent is open to the change.

"Why change something that's already in place," William Sherrill said. "With my son, he goes to his grandparents and his mom's for an X amount of weeks during the Christmas or spring break, they can get him for that week if it falls on their time period but it changes a lot for me." 

To help with their decision making, Thomas said they reached out to many on social media.

Thomas continued by saying, "That's where we get a lot of our feedback is from social media. So we do. We monitor that. We want to know what parents think. We want to know what's going to work best with our families and we try to take that information to thought." 

School officials have not yet finalized the calendar. Final decisions will be made and passed on to parents before the end of this school year. To weigh in, just click WFISD online survey


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