Frisco ISD utilized a subcommittee of the Long-Range Planning Committee, which consists of staff, parents and community members, to gather input and feedback on the calendar options.
The committee considered scheduled state assessments, mandated staff training days and required minutes of instruction as some of the factors when drafting calendar options.
Subcommittee members were asked to circulate the draft calendar options in their respective circles and solicit input from stakeholders about their preferred options. This resulted in numerous conversations, including the posting of draft options on social media. This group then reconvened to share feedback and make a calendar recommendation. The subcommittee recommended that the District bring forward calendar option B to the School Board as the preferred option. The vote was not unanimous, but the overwhelming majority of the group preferred calendar option B, as was initially drafted with 5 minutes added to both the beginning and end of the school day. After Board feedback, this was revised to allocate all 10 of those minutes at the end of the school day.
In addition to the Long-Range Planning subcommittee, the District also formed an internal calendar advisory group, which consisted of principals, managing directors and professional learning staff to provide input on calendar development and ensure its alignment with desired outcomes for student learning.
The draft calendars were not placed on the District website because changes were routinely made based on feedback received and replacing the drafts on the website would have caused confusion. Although two main options came to the forefront as options, numerous iterations were considered.