Board of Education revises 2017 - 2018 school calendar to start on August 17.
BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education tonight revised the 2017-18 academic calendar to change the first day of school from Monday, August 21, to Thursday, August 17.
By state law, no South Carolina public school can begin classes prior to the third Monday in August, which this year is August 21. But legislation recently approved by the General Assembly allows school districts to begin the 2017-18 year on Thursday, August 17, because of the solar eclipse that will affect much of South Carolina on August 21.
Under the newly revised 2017-18 calendar, students will not attend school on the date of the solar eclipse (Monday, August 21) although it will be a work day for teachers and staff.
The 2017-18 calendar still includes a longer winter break, a preference indicated by parents and district employees in online surveys last month. The version approved by the Board tonight adds an additional day to winter break, which will now begin on Thursday, Dec. 21.
Holiday dates with schools closed are Sept. 4 (Labor Day), Nov. 22-24 (Thanksgiving), Dec. 21-Jan. 5 (winter break), Jan. 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and March 30 (Good Friday). The final day of classes remains May 31, 2018.
Various staff development days are dispersed throughout the calendar approved by the Board tonight, and four possible weather make-up are included in each semester.