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2020-21 school year calendar survey now open

Highland Park ISD welcomes your input on the two proposed calendar options for the 2021-22 school year. Click here to take the survey. Listed below are highlights of each calendar option.

Calendar Option 1 features:

  • The first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 19. The start date complies with the district's District of Innovation plan, which states that "Preference will be given to starting instruction around the third week in August with assurances to the community that it will not begin prior to the second Monday in August"
  • A student holiday/professional exchange day on Oct. 11, which is Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving break for students and staff from Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Nov. 26
  • A winter break for students that begins on Saturday, December 18 and extends until Monday, January 3
  • A student/staff holiday on Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • A spring break that would run from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 20
  • A student holiday/professional exchange day on April 15
  • The final day of school on Thursday, May 26
  • The calendar features early-release days for grades K-8 for staff planning and professional development. Grades K-8 will remain on a nine-week grading period, and the high school will continue to use a six-week grading period.


The calendar also includes two bad weather makeup days, which are required by the state, on March 11 and April 18. If no bad weather make-up days are needed, those days will be holidays for students and staff.

Click here to view Calendar Option 1.


Calendar Option 2 includes the same holidays, breaks and professional days as Option 1, with these exceptions:

  • The first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 18
  • Student/staff holidays Nov. 22-26, the entire week of Thanksgiving
  • The final day of school on Friday, May 27


Click here to view Calendar Option 2.


We want to hear your feedback. If you have a suggestion for adding holidays or other days off, please specify when those school days should be made up. 


The Calendar Committee, which is made up of the superintendent, administrators, principals, teachers and a counselor, will review comments and make a recommendation to the School Board.


Click here to submit your feedback. The deadline for input is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.