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Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP)

Your school district may modify its instructional calendar to provide a flexible year program to meet student educational needs, including providing intensive instructional services. A school district approved by the commissioner of education to implement an Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP) may reduce the number of instructional days for certain students.  

Participation Requirements 

To participate in the OFYP, your district must submit an annual application notifying the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that it plans to participate. In addition to the application, your school district must submit a letter to the TEA division responsible for state funding describing the proposed modifications to the instructional calendar, including a description of the OFYP that will be provided under the Texas Education Code, §29.0821.

The letter must indicate the date on which the board of trustees approved the modified instructional calendar. If your district is requesting a waiver of staff development days or teacher preparation days, the letter must also indicate that the request to waive staff development days or teacher preparation days has been approved by the campus site-based decision-making committee.

The TEA will not approve any OFYP application that reduces the number of instructional days to fewer than 180 days for students who meet the eligibility criteria.

Note: Applications no longer need to be submitted 90 days before the program's start date. 

 Law and Rules  


 OFYP Application  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

OFYP Districts  

For additional information, contact:

Office of School Finance
Ashley Behnke
(512) 463-4834  

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