Start Date For Next School Year Is September 3rd

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We want to inform you that the start date for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, September 3, 2020. The last day of school will be June 17, 2021. 

Our goal is to give families plenty of advance notice about our school year calendar, and the District has received a number of questions about the start date for upcoming school years.  

We hope to be able to share information about the start date for the 2021-2022 school year soon.

As you may know, the District had proposed an earlier start date for both the 2020-2021 and 2021-22 school years. However, this matter requires negotiation with the District’s labor partners as it impacts their work calendar and we have not reached agreement on a change to the start date with all of our labor partners. We remain hopeful that we will begin negotiations with all of our labor partners on our proposed calendar very soon so that we can provide notice to our community as early as possible next year as to any changes to the 2021-22 school calendar.  

As we have shared with our labor partners, the District has proposed to change the school calendar to begin in mid-August because we believe that schedule furthers our student-focused mission. For details on the proposal please see the  Budget Alert of Proposals sent August 2, 2019.

By shifting to an earlier start date, our District’s students will benefit from:

  • Greater opportunities to enroll in summer courses at community colleges
  • Alignment of our high schools’ semesters with college and university schedules, with the first semester ending prior to winter break
  • Improved opportunities to apply for summer jobs and internships that begin in early June, which are unavailable to our students due to the District’s current end of school dates
  • Additional instructional days prior to Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) testing, the SAT, and other assessments that are critical for students applying to colleges and universities.

To summarize, this shift will better position all SCUSD students to be better prepared for college and career success, but the change must first be negotiated with our labor partners.  

We appreciate the patience of our SCUSD community while we work to finalize the school year start dates for the 2021-2022 calendar year. Our goal is to maximize opportunities for SCUSD students to participate in college and career readiness activities. We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the negotiations to shift our school year schedule.  

Again, please make a note that the start date for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, September 3, 2020 and the last day of school will be June 17, 2021.