First Day of School in District 97: Sept. 1, 2020

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, Sept. 1

During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, the District 97 Board of Education approved a modified calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The delayed start will provide staff with six full days of professional development and planning prior to the start of school. Teacher Institute Days will be held Aug. 24-28, followed by a Remote Learning Planning Day on Aug. 31.

Winter Break

Oak Park and River Forest High School 200 also recently adopted a modified calendar, which shifted the start of their winter break to Dec. 24, 2020. Students will return for Semester 2 until Jan. 11, 2021. 

In order to accommodate families with students in both districts, the District 97 Calendar Committee will be reviewing our modified calendar to determine options for aligning our winter break with District 200. Currently, winter break in District 97 is scheduled to begin on Dec. 21, 2020, with students returning on Jan. 4, 2021.

Regardless of the dates for winter break, we plan to hold our first day of school for students on Sept. 1.

A recommendation will be provided to the District 97 Board of Education during a special meeting next week. We will provide an update to staff and families as soon as possible.