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when does school start in Florida?

When does school start in Florida after summer break?  See when your little one or not so little ones return to the classroom here! Students in the Sunshine State are back in the books in August.  Click on your county to find the exact date for your area.

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Washington

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Sarasota

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Okaloosa

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Okeechobee

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Hamilton

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Hardee

Leon

Palm Beach

Taylor

Public schools for grades K-12 typically have the following vacations and holidays:

All federal and state holidays.
Thanksgiving Holiday - Fourth Thursday in November. Usually Black Friday is also a holiday marked "Day After Thanksgiving" and the Wednesday before is often a holiday or early-dismissal day. Some schools give students the entire fourth week of November off.
Christmas/Holiday break - Typically there are no classes on Christmas Eve and December 23 might be a half-day. The break lasts until first weekday in January after New Year's Day. In years where January 1 falls on a Sunday (such as 2017), New Year's Day is federally celebrated on Monday and classes begin on Tuesday, January 3. Some areas include the entirety of the Christmas or New Year's week in the vacation.


Fall break - (not taken in all parts of the country) one to two weeks in September or October, sometimes coinciding with Labor Day.

Winter break - (not taken in all parts of the country) one week in February or March, sometimes coinciding with Presidents' Day.

Spring break - one week in March or April (usually around Easter).

Summer break - Around 10 or 11 weeks, either from end of May to early August, early June to Mid-August, or the end of June to the day after Labor Day in early September, - depending on region and state. Except that students with disabilities may receive special education services during the summer as mentioned in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The break generally includes Independence Day.


Religious holidays such as Good Friday, Jewish holidays, and Islamic holidays - depending on school demographics.
Many public schools also have Teacher's Day Off/In-Service (Convention)/Professional Day 2 or 3 days per year, usually devoted to professional development.
Schools offering summer camp are also off on Independence Day though the regular school year generally includes this holiday as part of the larger summer break.

When cars are covered and roads are impassable, closings and cancellations are likely to occur. Weather-related cancellations, such as snow days and hurricane-related closures, can affect school calendars, as can local emergencies such as water main breaks, gas leaks, structural problems, or shootings.

Some K-12 districts build in a certain number of expected snow days, though in warmer climates typically none are scheduled. If the expected number is different from the actual number of canceled days, the beginning of summer vacation might be adjusted to keep the school year the same length.

If there are too many canceled days, some districts will keep the beginning of summer vacation from moving too far by holding school during a scheduled spring vacation, or by holding school on Saturdays, professional development days, or other scheduled holidays. If the cancellation does reduce the number of days of instruction below the state minimum, the district may decide to simply drop the missed day from the academic year.