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View the 2020-21 JP Schools Student & Parent Calendar

The first day of school is August 6, students will have three four-day weekends, and the school year ends for students on May 21. Those are a few of the highlights from the 2020-21 academic calendar approved by the Jefferson Parish School Board.

“Everything we do as a district is aimed at putting kids in the best possible situation to succeed, and that’s certainly the case with the academic calendar,” said JP Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “Our calendar was designed based on the academic needs of children and to mitigate the summer learning loss. This is also an employee-friendly calendar designed to keep our workforce fresh as they approach their students each day.”

Some highlights include:

  • Teachers start August 3. Students in grades 1-12 start August 6. Kindergarten and pre-K students start August 13-14.
  • District professional development days are September 8 and January 4. Students will not have school on these days since these are full day PD sessions.
  • Thanksgiving Break is November 23-27, Winter Break is December 21 to January 1, Mardi Gras Break is February 15-19, and Spring Break is April 2-6.
  • Other student holidays include September 7 (Labor Day), October 12-13 (Fall Break), November 2 (Teacher PD/Parent Conferences), November 3 (Election Day) January 18 (MLK), and March 22 (Teacher PD/Parent Conferences).
  • The last day for students is May 21 and the last day for teachers is May 24.
  • Multiple dates are reserved as make-up days for inclement weather.

A JP Schools calendar committee of teachers, parents, Jefferson Federation of Teachers representatives, administrators, and district personnel developed three calendar options. The public was asked to vote online on the options, and the winning calendar received just over half the votes. There were 3,000 votes cast. 

The calendar may change slightly after the Louisiana Department of Education releases the 2020-21 Louisiana Assessment Calendar. The calendar meets all state requirements, maximizes the amount of uninterrupted instructional time, and provides teachers with the opportunity to grow through effective professional development.