The Texas Education Code §25.081(a) requires that school districts provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction per school year. Many districts have opted out of this requirement, however, under their local District of Innovation plan. In addition, the commissioner of education can grant waivers of the time requirement on the request of a district, though the district is expected to make up the first two missed days. This is usually done through the ubiquitous “bad weather days” built into local district calendars.
While many districts are therefore not legally required to make up time, a district may still choose to do so. If a district chooses to extend the school year, lengthen school days, or add days to the calendar, teachers and others may ask if they can be required to work that amended work schedule. The answer is complex, and many different factors can affect the answer in individual circumstances. First, teachers and other staff employed under contracts should check their contract to see what it says about changes to the work schedule. Non-contract staff are likely subject to changes in the schedule, though there is no exception to the usual overtime compensation requirements.