DeKalb Schools 2019-2020 Calendar

Stan Nancy Jester

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The Calendar Committee “was comprised of a variety of stakeholder groups, including students, parents, community/business partners, school-level staff, and district level advisers.” The Calendar Committee discussed the number of days per year, number of days per semester, inclement weather/emergency days, testing windows, spring breaks, holidays, school breaks, and other metro area school districts’ calendars.

2018-2019 Calendar
2019-2020 Calendar

DeKalb Schools 2018 – 2020 Calendar

DeKalb Schools Calendar 2018-2019 2019-2020
Pre-planning Jul 30 – Aug 3, 2018 Jul 29 – Aug 2, 2019
First day of school Aug 6, 2018 Aug 5, 2019
Labor Day Sep 3, 2018 Sep 2, 2019
Fall Break (Including Columbus Day) Oct 4 – 8, 2018 Oct 10 – 14, 2019
Election Day/Teacher’s Workday Nov 6, 2018 Nov 5, 2019
Thanksgiving Break Nov 19 – 23, 2018 Nov 25 – 29, 2019
Last day of 1st semester Dec 21, 2018 Dec 20, 2019
Winter Break Dec 24, 2018 – Jan 3, 2019 Dec 23, 2018 – Jan 2, 2020
Post planning 1st semester/ Pre-planning 2nd semester Jan 4, 2019 Jan 3, 2020
First day of 2nd semester Jan 7, 2019 Jan 6, 2020
Martin L. King Day Jan 21, 2019 Jan 20, 2020
Feb Break (Including President’s Day) Feb 15 – 18, 2019 Feb 14 – 17, 2020
Professional Learning Day Mar 8, 2019 Mar 13, 2020
Spring Break Apr 1 – 5, 2019 Apr 6 – 10, 2020
Last day of school May 23, 2019 May 21, 2020
Post planning May 24, 2019 May 22, 2020

19 responses to “DeKalb Schools 2019-2020 Calendar

  1. When will the 2019/2020 be discussed-approved?

  2. Hello Amanda, The DeKalb Schools 2019-2020 calendar has already been approved
    2019-2020 Calendar

  3. have there been any updates on changing the date cut off for age requirements for starting kindergarten? moving it back to aug 1 and then eventually july 1?

  4. Good Afternoon Hailee. According to the Georgia Department of Education New Student Requirements, Entry Age for Public Kindergarten and First Grade – A child must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter a public Kindergarten. The child must be six years old on or before September 1 to enter first grade. School systems must verify age before enrollment.

  5. Thanks for your quick response. I cant find anything on this more recent and this was 2015 and was wondering if any progress had been made on this decision. h

  6. Hello, other school districts are moving to later in the year starts. Why is DeKalb going in the other direction? Teachers are returning in July in 2019 with students being released almost in Mid May.

  7. Lex, communities with failing schools generally want a shorter Summer for various reasons. One of those reasons is “Summer Slide”. Studies show, the longer the Summer, the more students forget. High performing schools, on the other hand, generally have parents that push for longer Summers and a later start date.

    A State Senate Study Committee is considering a mandatory start date after Labor Day.

  8. Living in Gwinnett- Teach in Dekalb


    Spring Break 2020 does not match up with Spring Break for neighboring districts, such as Gwinnett. As someone who works in Dekalb but lives in Gwinnett, that is tough on me and my family. Any rationale for that mismatch and is there any way to modify it at this point?


  9. Hmmm … APS School Calendar schedules Spring Break at the same time as DCSD. I couldn’t find Fulton’s ’19-’20 calendar. The current schedule was the recommendation from the calendar committee.

  10. Thanks Stan for the response. I appreciate the insight.

  11. I just want to say bringing the teachers back on a Friday after Christmas Break is really just cruel. That effectively cuts 3 days off of our break.

  12. korky williams

    Any update on the new pay scale to start in January. Has this been approved?
    Also regarding the question above regarding next school years spring break, It is Gwinnett that changed their week not Dekalb….Im in the same situation with my kids and not happy either.

  13. Sally Littlejohn

    I read in December that a GA Senate study committee recommended schools to start within a week to 10 days before the first Monday in September. Do you know if DeKalb is considering changes to the 2019-2020 calendar based on this recommendation?

  14. Sally, Different school districts have different needs. The biggest drive to having a shorter Summer has to do with “Summer Slide”. Many students, especially the at risk and socio economically disadvantaged students forget more the longer the Summer break is. I don’t recall the committee recommendation taking that into account. Anecdotally, I’ve noticed less socio economically disadvantaged families want longer Summers and have been quite vocal to me about it.

  15. Sally Littlejohn

    My question was based on this article in the AJC that mentioned the State Senate recommendation. I heard that DeKalb was reconsidering next year’s calendar and was wondering if that was true.

  16. Hi do you know when parents can expect to be notified about School Choice acceptance for kindergarten?

  17. 3-22-2019 after 5pm

  18. Looking ahead to summer [which is way more fun than the rest of the year] …. those of you with a 4th grader and 4th grade educators can get a FREE pass to ALL the national parks! For real! It’s called “Every Kid in a Park” and it’s geared to get young people excited about our national parks. What a deal! Get your pass today and plan a trip this summer to a national park, historic site or water. Each student receives a paper pass with a unique code. That pass gives them free access to all national parks, lands, and waters through August 31, 2019.

  19. PS — Regarding that ‘summer slide’ you spoke of earlier — I have long advocated for FUN summer school – as in Summer CAMP. Kids learn so much, grow so much and enjoy healthy, wholesome activities at camp. Why does the school not partner more with DeKalb county parks (and Arabia National Heritage Area!) and set up some free summer camps for kids who are struggling or who have little opportunity for outdoor fun/learning – led by DeKalb teachers who can earn extra summer pay by leading kids in outdoor, healthy learning! It’s a far, far better idea than torturing them with ‘more of the same’. Sitting in a hot school hitting the same books the same old way isn’t really going to do much if they’re already having trouble. Eh? Can we all try to think outside the box?