Schools to start a week apart

Proposed start dates for 2020-2021 school year.

Officials at Evanston's two school districts have released calendars for the next two school years that differ by as much as a week in start dates but are consistent in most other ways.

Classes for the 2020-21 school year will start at Evanston Township High School on Monday, Aug. 17, according to a calendar presented to the school board Monday night.

They will begin a week later on Monday, Aug. 24, at District 65, according to a draft calendar presented to the school board last month.

The last day of the 2020-21 school year will be Friday, May 28, at the high school and Tuesday, June 1, for elementary and middle schools.  

No classes are scheduled for District 65 on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, because some of the schools are polling places, but it’s a class day for the high school.

Dates for holidays, winter and spring break are the same for both districts in 2020-2021. End dates might change if emergency closure make up days are needed.

Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, ETHS administrators moved up the start date for classes in August by three days to allow students to complete first semester exams before winter break.

Historically District 65 has started the school year the fourth week of August, according to Melissa Messinger, director of communications. Starting earlier than Aug. 20 requires bargaining with the teachers union. Lack of air conditioning in many elementary and middle school classrooms is another consideration in setting the calendar.

For the coming school year, classes are set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 21, at ETHS and the following Monday, Aug. 26, at District 65. Classes are scheduled to end at the high school on Friday, May 29, 2020, and the following Wednesday, June 3, 2020, for the elementary and middle schools.

Dates for holidays, winter and spring breaks are the same for both school districts.

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