2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar

Holidays and early release days

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Printable Standard Calendar for School Year 2019-2020

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Amended on 4/26/19

The 2019-2020 calendar was approved at the School Board's June 28, 2018, regular meeting. A revised 2019-2020 calendar was adopted on April 25, 2019 due to recent state legislation changes for the opening of school prior to the Labor Day holiday. Specifically, the Friday prior to Labor Day must now be a holiday. Additionally, the revised calendar includes making Friday, October 4, 2019 an instructional day to accommodate the new Labor Day holiday and moving Friday, March 13, 2020 School Planning Day (SP) to Tuesday, March 3, 2020 to accommodate the 2020 Presidential Primary.

Amended on 3/12/20

Monday, March 16, 2020 will be designated as a Student Holiday/Staff Development (SD) day to provide time for staff to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure due to COVID-19.

August 26, 2019 School Begins
August 30 - September 2 Labor Day Break - Student Holiday
October 14 Columbus Day - Student Holiday
November 1 First Grading Period Ends +
November 4-5 Student Holidays
November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break - Student Holiday
December 23-January 3, 2020 Winter Break - Student Holiday
January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday - Student Holiday
January 24 Second Grading Period Ends +
January 27-28 Student Holidays
February 17 George Washington's Birthday - Presidents' Day -
Student Holiday
March 3 Student Holiday
March 16 Student Holiday
April 3 Third Grading Period Ends +
April 6-10 Spring Break - Student Holiday
April 13 Student Holiday
May 25 Memorial Day - Student Holiday
June 12

Last Day of School (scheduled) ++

  • High School - 2-hour school day
  • Middle School & Elementary School - 3-hour early release


+ Schools are open.
++ Early release on the last official day of school. 


Makeup Day Schedule  
Days Missed Makeup Day
Up to 20 equivalent days missed (or 125 hours) No makeup required
21st missed day April 13 will be considered a makeup day
22nd missed day No makeup required

The guidelines for determining the Standard School Year Calendar are outlined in Regulation 1344.

Makeup days may be used to ensure 990 hours of instruction. Missed days, delayed openings, and early dismissals must be considered in the calculation of these hours.

State code requires school districts to make up the first five missed days of school and then requires only every other day of missed school to be made up. Currently, FCPS has the equivalent of 20 days built into the calendar.