Seattle Public Schools

Community Feedback for School Year Calendar

Summary: Families, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to provide feedback on the school year calendar.

Community Feedback for Future SPS School Year Calendars

Families, staff, students, and community members provide feedback on the school year calendar.

Seattle Public Schools and our union partners including the educators’ union, Seattle Education Association (SEA), work together to develop the calendar and guidance. The dates are agreed upon and then voted on by the Seattle School Board. 

School Year Calendar Feedback

The feedback will help inform future negotiations for calendar dates.

The calendar includes key school year dates, such as the first day of school and scheduled school breaks.

Draft 2024-25 Dates

  • September 4, 2024 First day of school for 1st – 12th grade students.
  • September 9 First day of school for preschool and kindergarten students 
  • October 11 State In-service Day for Teachers (no school for students) 
  • November 11 Veterans Day Observed (no school) 
  • November 25-27 Elementary conference days
  • November 28-29 Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day (no school) 
  • December 23-January 3, 2025 Winter break (no school) 
  • January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)  
  • February 17-21 Mid-winter break, including Presidents Day (no school) 
  • April 14-18 Spring break (no school) 
  • May 26 Memorial Day (no school) 
  • June 18, 2025 Last day of school. Potential emergency closure makeup days are June 20-24. (Note: Juneteenth is an observed staff holiday on June 19.)

Draft 2025-26 Dates

Option 1

Note: option 1 includes “day between semesters” no school day in January.

  • September 3, 2025 First day of school for 1st – 12th grade students.
  • September 8 First day of school for preschool and kindergarten students 
  • October 10 State In-service Day for Teachers (no school for students) 
  • November 11 Veterans Day Observed (no school) 
  • November 24-26 Elementary conference days
  • November 27-28 Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day (no school) 
  • December 22-January 2, 2026 Winter break (no school) 
  • January 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)  
  • January 28 Day Between Semesters (Potential emergency closure make up day)
  • February 16-20 Mid-winter break, including Presidents Day (no school) 
  • April 13-17 Spring break (no school) 
  • May 25 Memorial Day (no school) 
  • June 18, 2026 Last day of school. Potential emergency closure makeup days are June 22-23. (Note: Juneteenth is an observed staff holiday on June 19.)
Option 2

Note: option 2 does not include “day between semesters” no school day in January.

  • September 3, 2025 First day of school for 1st – 12th grade students.
  • September 8 First day of school for preschool and kindergarten students 
  • October 10 State In-service Day for Teachers (no school for students) 
  • November 11 Veterans Day Observed (no school) 
  • November 24-26 Elementary conference days
  • November 27-28 Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day (no school) 
  • December 22-January 2, 2026 Winter break (no school) 
  • January 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)  
  • February 16-20 Mid-winter break, including Presidents Day (no school) 
  • April 13-17 Spring break (no school) 
  • May 25 Memorial Day (no school) 
  • June 17, 2026 Last day of school. Potential emergency closure makeup days are June 18, 22, and 23. (Note: Juneteenth is an observed staff holiday on June 19.)

Current School Year Dates

Please use the current year’s calendar as a guide for your feedback on future school years. View the approved 2023-24 school year dates

Feedback Survey

The survey was open Nov. 1 – 13, 2023.

Thank you to the students, families, staff, and community that provided feedback on future school year dates and religious accommodations guidance. 

The feedback form asked which school year dates students, families, staff, and SPS community are most interested in changing. The form also asked for community suggestions for religious accommodation guidance.

Religious Accommodation Guidance  

How to Students Request Religious Accommodations

Read how students can request religious accommodations.

SPS is home to students, families, and staff with a broad range of religious observance. Because of this diversity, not all religious and cultural events can be accommodated. The Guidance Regarding Religion and Religious Accommodations is a reference for our community. 

Translated guidance:

School leaders and educators should consider which observances might affect student attendance and participation in school events. Central office administrators should consider these dates when scheduling district-wide events and programing.  

State law and the district procedure provides students an excused absence for the observance of a religious or cultural holiday. 

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