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    Superintendent Denise Juneau Announces that School will begin on Sept. 4 for most students
    Posted on 08/17/2020

    2020-21 School Year Calendar

    Planning Update: Seattle Public Schools will start the 2020-21 school year remotely. Read the announcement.

    Calendar update: School will begin on Friday, September 4 for most students

    • 1st - 12th grade students first day of school Friday, September 4, 2020.
    • Kindergarten and preschool first day Tuesday, September 8.

    Seattle Education Association (SEA) and Seattle Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement on a professional development plan for the 2020-21 school year.

    To ensure a strong start, school will begin on Friday, September 4. This will provide all educators with six (6) full days of training on common learning platforms, culturally responsive instruction in a remote setting, racial equity, and best practices in remote instruction to ensure students have the best education possible.

    "I am really grateful to the hard-working bargaining team and our educators. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that every child can achieve in any learning environment. These additional days of professional development will help us meet that commitment," stated Superintendent Juneau.

    "This agreement gives us additional time and training to improve our remote education practices and is the first step in ensuring a more equitable and inclusive system," said Jennifer Matter, president of the Seattle Education Association. "We're looking forward to being back with our students and doing everything we can to meet their needs, particularly those who face the most barriers in remote learning."

    The first day of preschool and kindergarten will not change. Preschool and kindergarten will begin on Tuesday, September 8.

    The School Board will need to approve the revised 2020-21 calendar.


    School Year Dates 2020-21

    August 17 - 21 Jump Start, a sneak peek at school for incoming kindergartners. Read more about Jump Start.

    September 4 First day of school for 1st – 12th grade students

    September 7 Labor Day (no school)

    September 8 First day of school for kindergarten, all preschool students

    October 9 State In-service Day (no school)

    November 11 Veterans Day (no school)

    November 23 – 25 Elementary conference days (no school for elementary and K-8 students; varies by school)

    November 26 – 27 Thanksgiving break (no school) Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day

    December 18 1-hour early dismissal (winter break)

    December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021 Winter break (no school)

    January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)

    January 28 Day Between Semesters (no school)

    February 15 – 19 Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)

    April 12 – 16 Spring break (no school)

    May 31 Memorial Day (no school)

    June 18, 2021 Last day of school (1-hour early dismissal)


    Sharing Dates to Web-Calendars

    Click the links below to find the web-based calendar for these dates based on school type that you can share to personal web calendars.

    Planning for Future School Year Dates

    The CBA 2019-22 (Collective Bargaining Agreement) outlines that the calendar will adhere to the following rules:

    1. First day of school: The first Wednesday in September.
    2. State In-service Day: As recognized by the state and typically the second Friday in October.
    3. Winter break: At least 10 weekdays, ending after New Year’s Day. If New Year’s Day falls or is observed on a Monday, students will return to school on the next day (Tuesday).
    4. Mid-winter break: President’s Day and the following four workdays.
    5. Spring break: Five days starting the second Monday in April.
    6. Snow make-up days: At least three snow days shall be scheduled, including the day between semesters, and the first two days following the last day of school in June.
    7. Holidays:
      • Labor Day (when school begins before this day in September)
      • Veterans Day (November)
      • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving (November)
      • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January)
      • Presidents’ Day (February)
      • Memorial Day (May)