Whether you're a parent who wants to stay up to date with the goings-on of your child's school or you're visiting Louisville and want to know when to avoid spring break and summer vacation crowds, knowing when school starts and ends, when it's closed for holidays, and when students are out for seasonal breaks is important for being able to plan around school children's schedules.
Fortunately, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) releases an academic calendar each year which covers important dates in the upcoming and present academic year; you can view this document online by visiting the district's website.
The JCPS is a public school district that governs all but one public school in Jefferson County, including those in Louisville; JCPS has over 150 schools with over 100,000 students, making it the 27th-largest school district in the United States.
JCPS Academic Calendar 2017 - 2018
From the first day of school to the last, the academic calendar for Jefferson County Public Schools is relatively straightforward for the 2017 to 2018 academic year. Be sure to call your school or check its website during inclement weather as the school may be closed.
- August 16, 2017: First day of school for students
- September 4, 2017: Labor Day (school closed)
- October 6, 2017: Professional development (no school for students)
- October 9, 2017: Professional development (no school for students)
- October 10, 2017: Parent-teacher conferences (no school for students)
- November 22 to 24, 2017: Thanksgiving break
- December 20, 2017, to January 1, 2018: Winter break
- January 15, 2018: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (school closed)
- April 2 to 6, 2018: Spring break
- May 4, 2018: Professional development (no school for students)
- May 22, 2018: Election Day (no school for students)
- May 28, 2018: Memorial Day (school closed)
- May 29, 2018: Last day of school for students.
In the event that the school must close unexpectedly on account of weather or other serious threat to students' safety, missed days will be made up on dates in the following order: February 26, March 12, May 25, May 29 and 30, June 1, and June 4 to 6, 2018.
What to Do During Breaks in Louisville
If you have to work and are looking for things to keep your kids occupied during the winter break, look into winter camps for kids. If you have time off too and are seeking staycation activities, you may find some of these top 10 things to do in Louisville with kids enjoyable, or you could get out of town on a day trip from Louisville for families.
A chunk of time off in spring can be a wonderful reason for a vacation or can lead to stress about how to balance family and work life—either way, you have options. This year, Spring Break takes place from April 2 to 6, so if you have to work and are looking for things to keep your kids occupied during the break, look into some spring break camp ideas in the area.
What is your favorite way to have summer fun? For many, summer heat means water activities and you can check out these water parks in Indiana and Kentucky all season long. However, if you're hoping to stay closer to home, there are plenty of summer pools and spray pads to enjoy in the city as well. Of course, if you are on a budget, there are tons of free things to do during summer in Louisville as well.