Both Evanston Township High School District 202 and Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools will begin the next school year on Monday, August 26, which is a week before Labor Day.
The two school boards each officially adopted their respective 2013-2014 calendars at meetings this week, a result of a joint calendar committee consisting of representatives of each Evanston-based school district.
Because they’re starting a week earlier than usual next year, the last day of school will come earlier as well, barring emergency closing days for snow or other unexpected reasons.
The last day of school this year will be a full day on June 12 for District 65, compared with June 5 in 2014. In high school, the year ends with semester exams, which are June 10-13 this year and June 2-5 in 2014.
Seniors at ETHS graduate on June 9 this year and on June 1 next year.
The joint calendar committee makes sure that the major winter and spring breaks occur at the same time for both districts. Next year, the winter break will occur from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, while the spring break is scheduled for April 7-11.
Students are off for three days at Thankstgiving, Nov. 27-29, and celebrate Labor Day on Sept. 2, Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20, Presidents’ Day on Feb. 17, and Memorial Day on May 28.
District 65 students are also off on Casimir Pulaski Day, March 3, but their older brothers and sisters at ETHS have regular classes on that day, a matter of contention for some parents with students in both district schools.