The Texas Education Agency released a letter to the administrator concerning the official operational minutes adjustment for 2021-2022. This letter provides guidance to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools that are eligible for a reduction in the number of required 75,600 minutes of operation.

The letter states the following “to mitigate against potential reductions in FSP funding for the 2021–2022 school year, the commissioner of education is exercising his authority to approve a reduction in the minimum number of required 75,600 minutes of operation for all LEAs during the first through fourth six-week attendance reporting periods of the 2021–2022 school year. This will result in an adjustment that will ensure stabilized percentage attendance rates comparable to a more typical school year, rather than the low percentage attendance rates caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

This is a one-time adjustment offered solely for funding purposes that will only be made for
the 2021–2022 school year. This adjustment to the minimum number of operational
minutes does not hold a district harmless for losses of ADA due to enrollment declines.

The letter in its entirety can be found here.