LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin ISD will extend the instructional school day on elementary and primary campuses beginning January 5, 2016 to be in compliance with a new law passed by the legislature.
House Bill 2610 requires that school districts provide 75,600 hours or 180 days times seven hours a day of instruction each school year including intermissions and recess. To comply with the amount of hours required by the state, the school day for elementary and primary campuses will be slightly extended to 7:45 a.m. until 3:05 p.m.
According to LISD Communications Director Sheila Dams, free breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. for elementary campuses and 7:15 a.m. for primary campuses. This change will not affect pick up times for bus riders in the morning, but may put bus arrival times a few minutes later in the afternoon. Adams said students who arrive after 7:45 a.m. will need to be walked in to the front office. According to LISD Executive Director of Student Services Diedra Harrison the change will not affect the high school or middle school. Harrison said the staff is already looking at the 2016-17 schedule to make sure another schedule change will not take place.
"We are looking at calendars right now to determine what our calendar will look like," Harrison said. "We are coordinating with our county schools, Angelina College and SFA. We are looking at a multitude of different programs. We could offer a whole week of vacation at thanksgiving or even more Teacher work days depending on how things play out."