Beginning Nov. 11 and continuing for most Wednesdays for the rest of the 2020–21 school year, LISD schools will dismiss two hours early so that teachers can collaborate and plan for in-person and virtual learning experiences.

After multiple listening sessions with district teachers, many of whom asked for more time to plan and implement the high-quality teaching the district is known for. The flexibility of creating early dismissals is made possible by “extra minutes” that are built into the academic calendar and, as such, will not require additional instructional days.

“We’re investing in our teachers so that they can invest in our students, and we’re asking our community to help us out with the lift here as we make that investment,” Board President Trish Bode said. “It’s a challenge and a tricky wicket, and I appreciate so much the effort to get this message to the community quickly and also coordinate with our campuses.”