JEFFERSON — The Jackson County School System Board of Education approved the 2023-24 school calendar during a Board meeting on Monday night.
Prior to Board approval, the Jackson County School System received calendar feedback from staff and the Parent and Teaching Advisory Committees.
The 2023-24 school year, which will feature the opening of the new Legacy Knoll Middle School, will begin on Thursday, Aug 3. Open house events will occur earlier in the week, during one of the scheduled five Professional Learning Days for staff and faculty.
There are 90 days of school in the first semester and 90 in the second semester. The first semester is highlighted with Labor Day on Sept. 4, with students receiving a holiday on Friday, Sept. 1. In October, fall break — for both students and staff — has been shortened to three days; Thursday, Oct. 12 through Monday, Oct. 16. The shorter fall break decreases time students are outside of the educational environment, and ensures students at the high school level have the opportunity to take the Pre-SAT exams.
The Jackson County School System will observe a full-week break for Thanksgiving, along with a holiday break from Dec. 21 through Jan. 2. Students will return for the start of the second semester on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024.
Students will receive a holiday on Jan. 16, Feb. 16, Feb. 19 and March 11, before a week-long spring break from April 1 through April 5, during the second semester. The final day of the 2023-24 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 21.