Parent Update School Calendar

Parent Update School Calendar

June 30, 2020


Prior to the move to distance learning in March of this year, many discussions were taking place in Lakeshore and other Berrien County school districts about a possible move to a pre-Labor Day start for school in the fall of 2020. The District looked at several options and weighed the pros and cons of each. Then came COVID-19 and the move to at-home learning. As part of our Back-to-School Committee work, we have determined that the move to a pre-Labor Day start made the most sense for the coming fall. With that in mind, the first day of school for Lakeshore Public Schools students will be August 31, 2020.

Our thoughts:

  • This coming school year, Labor Day falls on September 7th, the latest possible date for the holiday. If we continue with a post Labor Day start, this would mean the first day for students would be on September 8, 2020, adding a full week of an already extended absence from school.
  • Our students have been away from school now since March 16, 2020. The move to an August 31, 2020 first day of school gives us an opportunity to get the students back to school sooner.
  • A post-Labor Day start would push the final day for students to June 16, 2021 if no changes are made to the current school calendar. For comparison purposes, the first day of school during the current school year (2019-2020) was on September 3, 2019 with the final day of school slated for June 10, 2020.
  • A vast majority of districts in Berrien County have made the move to a pre-Labor day start for 2020-2021. Aligning our calendar with the other county districts allows us to better align our programs where we share students such as Career Technical Education (CTE) and Special Education.

Key Dates on the 2020-2021 Calendar:

August 25-26, 2020 - Teachers Report

August 31, 2020 - First Day of School for Students

September 4-7, 2020 - Labor Day Break

November 25-29, 2020 - Thanksgiving Break

December 19, 2020 - January 3, 2021 - Winter Break

January 18, 2021 - Dr. Martin Luther King Day - no school

February 15, 2021 - President's Day - no school

April 2-11, 2021 - Spring Break

May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day - no school

June 10, 2021 - Last Day for Students/Staff

We will share a more detailed calendar in the coming weeks.