New Law for Schools in Texas

Ava Harvey

 In December of 2016, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2610, (HB2610). HB2610 changed and adjusted requirements for local school districts regarding the amount of time students spend in school. The House Bill 2610 , specifies that students are to be at school 75,600 minutes in an academic school year, which includes changing classes and recess.  The old requirement was 180 days for students during the academic school year. During the 2019-2020 school year at Pleasant Grove Independent School District (PGISD), students will be at school for 75,660 total minutes. That number is sixty minutes above the required amount of time. With the new law, HB2610, schools across the state of Texas now do not have to add bad weather days at the end of the school year.  Now, Texas school districts have more flexibility for making up missed school days, and for the amount of minutes students are at school. For example, if students missed 1 school day because it was snowing, students could go 3 extra minutes every day for the rest of the school year to make up the lost time.