In order to maximize the value of each instructional day, District 211 adopted a collegiate-style calendar, which will take effect after a shortened summer with the 2016-2017 school year.
With the new calendar, first semester, including final exams, will end in December before students leave for winter break, and the school year will conclude, including final exams, prior to Memorial Day. The 2016-2017 school year begins with two teacher institute days on August 11 and 12. The first day of student attendance is Monday, August 15. The last day of school is May 26, 2017.
During the summer, IHSA football practice will begin on August 8, and IHSA fall sports practice begins on Wednesday, August 10. Some District-wide events include Parent Open House on September 1, 2016; First Generation College Night on September 14, 2016; College Night on October 19, 2016; and Realtors Against Homelessness (RAH) Event on November 3, 2016. Additionally, the District 211 Foundation Fun(d) Run will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
As in previous years, the Board of Education has approved 12 Student Late Start Days in order to allow time for staff collaboration and sharing of best practices. Student Late Start Days will be in effect on the following dates: August 23, 2016; September 6, 2016; September 20, 2016; October 4, 2016; October 18, 2016; November 1, 2016; November 15, 2016; January 24, 2017; February 7, 2017; February 21, 2017; March 7, 2017; and March 21, 2017. More information on Student Late Start Days can be found on the District 211 website.
Final exams for fall semester will take place on December 21, 22, and 23, 2016, with the last day of school for first semester being Friday, December 23, 2016. Spring semester finals will take place May 24, 25, and 26, with the last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year being Friday, May 26, 2017, prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The following holidays will be observed during the 2016-2017 school year, with no school on these days:
- Labor Day – September 5, 2016
- Non-Attendance Day – November 23
- Thanksgiving – November 24
- Thanksgiving Holiday – November 25
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 16, 2017
- Presidents’ Day – February 20, 2017
- Non-Attendance Day – April 14, 2017
On Monday, October 10, 2016, Columbus Day holiday, students will not be in attendance as a Teacher Institute Day is scheduled for staff.
Winter vacation begins at the close of the school day (final exams) on Friday, December 23, 2016, and school resumes following vacation on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, with a Teacher Institute Day scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017. Spring vacation begins at the close of the school day on Friday, March 24, 2017 and resumes following vacation on Monday, April 3, 2017.
May 30 through June 5 will serve as emergency days in the event District schools are closed for six or more student attendance days.
For more information, please visit the District website to view the 2016-2017 academic calendar.