School Year Dates 2021-22
August 17 – 18 Jump Start for new kindergarten students Read more about Jump Start
September 1 First day of school for 1st – 12th grade students
September 1 – 3 Family Connections Before starting school, each new kindergartner’s family is offered the chance to meet with their student’s teacher.
September 6 Labor Day (no school)
September 9 First day of school for kindergarten, all preschool students
October 8 State In-service Day (no school)
November 11 Veterans Day (no school)
November 22 – 24 Elementary conference days (no school for elementary and K-8 students; varies by school)
November 25 – 26 Thanksgiving break (no school) Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day
December 17 1-hour early dismissal (winter break)
December 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022 Winter break (no school)
January 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
January 27 Day Between Semesters (no school)
February 21 – 25 Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)
April 11 – 15 Spring break (no school)
May 30 Memorial Day (no school)
June 17, 2022 Last day of school (1-hour early dismissal)
Planning for School Year Dates
The school calendar is developed collaboratively with SEA and the dates are agreed upon in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The formula to schedule key dates in the CBA states that the first day of school will be the first Wednesday of September. Families should note that for the start of the 2021-22 school year, school will begin before Labor Day, on September 1, 2021 for grades 1-12
The key dates formula was originally bargained in the 2015-18 CBA as a tool for staff and families so there would be consistency around calendars and dates weren’t arbitrarily set.
During the 2019 bargaining period, multiple joint workgroups between SPS and SEA were established, with one specifically organized to address inclusive considerations related to religious and cultural observations and practices. This workgroup developed supplemental materials and guidance to go along with the traditional school year calendar.
While not all religious/cultural events can be accommodated for, this guidance was created to serve as a reference for schools, families, and communities to be aware of potential schedule conflicts and excused absences and/or to make appropriate accommodations and supports for students and families on days of religious/cultural observances.
The religious and cultural observances identified in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Religion and Religious Accommodations documents, also highlights observances and traditions which involve fasting, which may have an impact on students’ abilities to perform at their highest level or be a reason for an absence from class.
The below dates were negotiated as a part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
- First day of school: The first Wednesday in September.
- State In-service Day: As recognized by the state and typically the second Friday in October.
- 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).
- Mid-winter break: President’s Day and the following four workdays.
- Spring break: Five days starting the second Monday in April.
- 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. Additional snow make-up days may be added in June if necessary
- 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)
- Contractual Days: The four days immediately preceding the start of school, except for the Friday before Labor Day
- Conferences:Three consecutive days for conferences immediately preceding Thanksgiving Day