Some Central Texas students will start classes earlier in the new year

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Elementary school students attending Hays Consolidated Independent School District will be spending an extra 10 minutes at school starting Jan. 5, 2016.

House Bill 2610, which passed into law this year, says districts can now measure the time students spend in school by minutes instead of actual school days. Hays CISD says they’re adding extra minutes to the school day in order to avoid having to make up for inclement weather delays and cancellations down the road. Avoiding an inclement weather make-up day requires 420 minutes.

When Hays CISD students come back after the winter break, they will have to show up at 7:30 a.m. Bus routes for the elementary students will also run 10 minutes earlier. High schools and middle schools in Hays CISD already have longer school days, so their schedules will not have to be adjusted to accumulate extra time.

“By adding 10 minutes each day during the course of the spring semester to the elementary schedules, we will be able to bank an additional 980 minutes for elementary students,” says district spokesperson Tim Savoy.

What Other School Districts are Doing

  • Austin ISD: No changes for this school year but district might be adding time for next year.
  • Del Valle ISD: No changes.
  • Eanes ISD: Elementary schools will start and end by 5 minutes starting Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Exact start times here.
  • Georgetown ISD: All of GISD schools meet the required number of minutes except for one campus. East View High School will modify its schedule beginning in January to add 8 minutes to the school day.
  • Lake Travis ISD: Already in compliance with the requirements. However, there might be some modifications for the 2016-17 school year.
  • San Marcos CISD: Will not have to add time since they already exceed the number of minutes required.
  • Round Rock ISD: Will not make any changes at this time, but will have discussions for future school years.

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