First day of school

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Students on their first day of school.

The first day of school is the first day of an academic year. This is usually in August or September in the Northern Hemisphere and January or February in the Southern Hemisphere, but differs from country to country.

America[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

The first day of school in Costa Rica is in early February. The Education Ministry changes the date every year to ensure 200 effective days are in the school calendar.[1]

United States[edit]

In the United States, educational policy is determined primarily at the state level and at the level of individual school districts. Therefore, there is no one particular day on which all schools start. During much of the 20th century, it was common for schools to start shortly after Labor Day, and in some areas of the United States, this is still the norm. However, it has become increasingly common for schools to start earlier in August or even late July.[2] For example, in San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, California, the first day of school for the 2017-18 school year was set to August 28.[3]

Asia[edit]

Philippines[edit]

The government school calendar in the Philippines usually begins in June every year. However, private schools have the exception to deviate from the calendar as regulated by Republic Act No. 7797. Some colleges or universities may start the school year on August. The school year must consist of 200 but not more than 220 days.[4]

Qatar[edit]

The first day of school in Qatar is on September 15, with some of the Arab World countries.[5]

Singapore[edit]

The school year for all Singapore primary and secondary schools will start from early January and end sometime in November. This takes into account 40 weeks of curriculum time for teaching and learning before the start of the national examinations, and six weeks of school vacation at end of year for teachers and students.[6]

Europe[edit]

Greece[edit]

The first day of school in Greece is September 11, or the first Monday following if September 11 is a Saturday or Sunday.[7]

Poland[edit]

According to a 2010 decree of Polish Minister of Public Education, the first day of school for regular compulsory education schools in Poland is on September 1 or the first following Monday if September 1 falls on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The last day is the last Friday after 18th of June. [8] Previously, according to a similar 2002 decree, the above exception was only for Saturday and Sunday, and the last day was the first Friday after June 18.[9]

Russia[edit]

Schools in Russia (and formerly Soviet Union) historically begin on September 1. This exact date for the country has been fixed by the Decree of the Council of the People's Commissars in 1935[10] and was established officially by the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union No. 3018-X in 1980. In 1984, September 1 was officially declared to be the Knowledge Day.[11] If it falls on Sunday, most schools opt to hold on Sunday a traditional ceremonial line-up, which symbolically commences the school year, and begin actual lessons on Monday. Traditionally students bring flowers to the teachers.

United Kingdom[edit]

England and Wales[edit]

The first day of school for state schools in England and Wales varies by local authority and sometimes by school, but it is nearly always during the first week of September, or occasionally in the second week.[12]

Scotland[edit]

The school term in Scotland begins in mid- to late-August, more than a week earlier than in the rest of the UK. The precise date varies by local authority and sometimes by school.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calendario Escolar 2012" (PDF). Ministerio de Educación Pública. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.cnn.com/2015/08/04/living/school-start-dates-august-parents-feat/index.html (retrieved September 5, 2018)
  3. ^ https://www.sandiegounified.org/traditional-academic-calendar (retrieved September 15, 2017)
  4. ^ http://www.deped.gov.ph/orders/do-25-s-2017
  5. ^ "New policy sparks confusion over school start dates in Qatar - Doha News". 4 September 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  6. ^ "School Terms and Holidays". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  7. ^ "School Holidays in Athens". Angloinfo Athens. Angloinfo. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  8. ^ Dz.U. 2010 nr 186 poz. 1245 Rozporządzenie Ministra Edukacji Narodowej z dnia 5 października 2010 r. zmieniające rozporządzenie w sprawie organizacji roku szkolnego
  9. ^ Dz.U. 2002 nr 46 poz. 432 Rozporządzenie Ministra Edukacji Narodowej i Sportu z dnia 18 kwietnia 2002 r. w sprawie organizacji roku szkolnego
  10. ^ "День знаний в России: история праздника". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Праздник 1 сентября - День знаний: история и традиции. Значение праздника 1 сентября "День знаний". Женский сайт www.InMoment.ru". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  12. ^ "When are the school Christmas holidays and term dates 2016/2017?". The Telegraph: Education. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Scottish School Term dates". Scottish Government website. Retrieved 7 September 2017.