BISD Revises 2020–21 Calendar

New Update

On Thursday, October 15, BISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced changes to the 2020–21 school calendar. The District is adjusting the calendar to add five half days so teachers can effectively plan lessons for face-to-face and online students.

The revised calendar provides early release days in order for teachers to accomplish some of the following duties:

  • Plan lessons for dual platforms
  • Create student assignments
  • Grade student assignments
  • Conduct student conferences through Zoom
  • Answer questions that have been posted in Chat and/or emails
  • Provide tutorials through Zoom

The following days are now early release (half) days:

  1. Friday, October 30, 2020
  2. Friday, November 20, 2020
  3. Friday, December 18, 2020
  4. Friday, February 12, 2021
  5. Thursday, April 1, 2021
  6. Wednesday, May 26, 2021*

*It will be determined in April 2021 whether this is an early release day.

Early Release Schedules

(AM) 8:10–10:30 a.m.
(PM) 10:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Elementary (K–5)
8:10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. 

Middle School (6–8)
8:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

High School (9–12)
7:30–11:30 a.m.

Shannon High School
7:45–11:45 a.m.

“The change to the calendar is needed to help our teachers ensure they are prepared to be effective with our students,” Dr. Brown said. “I appreciate how they are going above and beyond to plan and teach in two platforms (face-to-face and online), which has greatly increased the complexity of their work.”  

Visit to view the revised calendar.

BCTAL Blooms Arrangement of the Month Club Returns

Flower Arrangement

BCTAL Blooms is excited to announce the return of our Arrangement of the Month Club. Leading the charge is an extraordinary group of Advanced Floral and Practicum students, who have made it their mission to outshine this pandemic and put their floral skills to the test! 

Our Arrangement of the Month Club is a service offered in which members receive one arrangement per month that will be themed to the time of the year, season, or holiday! These arrangements will be available for members to pick-up from the BCTAL campus on pre-scheduled days each month in a drive-through manner. Members will select their desired pick-up time slot and our students will be there waiting with their arrangement packaged and ready to go. To ensure the safety of our members and students, each packaged arrangement will be sanitized and all CDC, BISD, and BCTAL COVID protocols will be followed. 

This year, we are offering the three membership options below. Each option provides members one top-quality floral arrangement per month, for the average price of $25 each. I can promise you this is an incredible deal for what these students have planned for you!  

  • Annual Membership – $200 Annual members will receive one seasonally-themed arrangement per month from October to May. 
  • Fall Membership – $100  Fall members will receive one seasonally-themed arrangement for the months of October, November, December and January. 
  • Spring Membership – $100  Spring members will receive one seasonally-themed arrangement for the months of February, March, April and May. 

To join the club and begin your membership, please complete the registration form at the link below. Registration for membership into the 2020–21 Club will close on Oct. 15, so join today!  

2020–21 BCTAL Blooms Arrangement of the Month Club Membership Registration Link 

This Club is used as a teaching and learning tool that provides our students with incredible real-world, hands-on, and industry-simulated experiences. Students are tasked with every aspect of executing these arrangements from the initial planning to handing the finished product to the customer, all of which is made possible by the generous and continued support from all of our BISD Family! If you have any questions, need additional information, or would like to discuss BCTAL Blooms helping with any other floral needs, please reach out to us at  

Thank you and we look forward to serving you!  

BCTAL Blooms 
Tyler McCoy 
FFA Advisor 
BCTAL Blooms Facilitator  
Center of Technology and Advanced Learning  
Birdville ISD