Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Greenville County Schools has released its 2015-16 calendar, noting that Spring Break, makeup days, last day of school, and school events during the spring may be impacted by State testing dates, which will be set no earlier than fall 2015.
The 2015-16 calendar has been on hold pending the State Department of Education’s (SDE) announcement of test dates for spring 2016. In addition, the SDE recently informed districts that State tests will have to be rebid and it will likely be no earlier than fall 2015 before the tests and test dates are known. The District will release a revised 2015-16 calendar when it receives State testing dates.
The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 18. The tentative last day of school is Thursday, June 2. State law requires that school districts begin school no earlier than the third Monday in August, and the calendar must include 180 days for students and 190 days for teachers.
2015-16 holidays are: Labor Day, September 7; Thanksgiving Break, November 25-27; Winter Break, December 21 - January 1; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18; Presidents’ Day, February 15; and Memorial Day, May 30.
The tentative 2016 Spring Break dates are March 28 – April 1. The tentative last three days of school, May 31 - June 2, are half-days for students. Students will not attend school on Professional Development Workdays for teachers during the school year, which are October 15-16 and January 15.
Three tentative school makeup days, in order of use, are: Makeup Day #1, April 25; Makeup Day #2, April 22; and Makeup Day #3, March 25. These days become student attendance days if days are missed earlier in the school year. Makeup days, not used, become school holidays.
The superintendent determines the school calendar after receiving recommendations from a calendar committee comprised of parents, teachers, principals, and district staff. The committee develops a recommended calendar based on input from parent groups, school faculties, and other employee groups.