School start/finish

School start/finish

April 2018

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School start/finish
Alabama District option
Alaska District option
Arizona District option
Arkansas Start: On or after the Monday of the week in which 8/19 falls. No earlier than 8/14 and no later than 8/26.

Citations: A.C.A. § 6-10-106
California District option
Colorado District option
Connecticut District option
Delaware District option
District of Columbia District option (single district)

Citations: D.C. Mun. Regs. Subt. Subt. 5-E 305
Florida District option
Georgia District option
Hawaii District option (single district)
Idaho District option
Illinois District option
Indiana District option
Iowa Start: No sooner than August 23 and no later than the first Monday in December.

Citations: I.C.A. § 279.10
Kansas District option
Kentucky District option

Citations: 702 Ky. Admin. Regs. 7:140
Louisiana District option
Maine District option
Maryland District option
Massachusetts District option
Michigan Start: No earlier than Labor Day.

Citations: M.C.L.A. 380.1284b
Minnesota Start: No earlier than Labor Day.

Citations: M.S.A. § 120A.40
Mississippi District option

Citations: Miss. Code Ann. § 37-13-61
Missouri Start: No earlier than 10 days prior to first Monday in September.

Citations: V.A.M.S. 171.031
Montana District option
Nebraska District option
Nevada District option
New Hampshire District option
New Jersey District option
New Mexico District option
New York District option
North Carolina Start: No earlier than Monday closest to 8/19 with approval, otherwise Monday closest to 8/26. Finish: No later than Friday closest to June 11.

Citations: N.C.G.S.A. § 115C-84.2
North Dakota District option
Ohio District option

Citations: R.C. § 3313.48
Oklahoma District option

Citations: 70 Okl.St.Ann. § 1-111
Oregon District option, but no fewer than 265 consecutive calendar days between first and last instructional day.

Citations: OAR 581-022-2320
Pennsylvania District option
Rhode Island District option
South Carolina Start: No earlier than third Monday in August.

Citations: Code 1976 § 59-1-425
South Dakota District option
Tennessee Start: No earlier than August 1.

Citations: T. C. A. § 49-6-3004
Texas Start: No earlier than the fourth Monday in August.

Citations: V.T.C.A., Education Code § 25.0811
Utah District option
Vermont Determined regionally

Citations: 16 V.S.A. § 1071
Virginia Start: After Labor Day.

Citations: VA Code Ann. § 22.1-79.1
Washington District option
West Virginia District option
Wisconsin Start: No earlier than 9/1.

Citations: W.S.A. 118.045
Wyoming District option

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