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School district Spring Break to align with University of Florida in 2022-23

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

Spring Break for Alachua County Public School (ACPS) students will fall on the same week as the University of Florida’s break in 2023 under the 2022-23 school year calendar approved by the School Board last night.

The district’s Spring Break will be March 13-17 next year. That’s just a week earlier than this year’s break, which runs from Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25.

“For years, parents have asked the district to align its Spring Break with UF to prevent the childcare issues that come with having children off one week and parents off another,” said Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon. “We believe pushing the break up a week will benefit thousands of families by allowing them to spend that time together.”

Under the 2022-23 calendar, school will start for students on Wednesday, August 10. Under state law, that’s the earliest date students can go back to school. Starting on that date gives Florida districts a longer window of time to meet state testing mandates. 

The calendar again includes flex days, which are pupil holidays that can be used to make up for days lost to bad weather or other emergencies. It also includes additional paid professional development days for teachers, although negotiations with the Alachua County Education Association about those days are still underway.

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Schools will again be closed for the entire week of Thanksgiving.

The student/teacher holiday for UF’s Homecoming has tentatively been scheduled for Friday, October 7. Because UF has not yet set its Homecoming schedule, that date on the ACPS calendar could change.

The district’s calendar for the 2022-23 school year can be found on the district’s website at www.sbac.edu/22-23calendar.

  • Wow.
    I’m finally agreeing with the superintendent on something.
    Finally…
    Have been wondering for years, If not decades, why this hasn’t always been the SBAC policy.
    It seemed almost like a plot, designed to erode/make things difficult for families…
    How did she get this one right? 🤔

    • If memory serves me correctly the original intent was an attempt to curtail the intermingling between middle & high schoolers with college age kids. (The root reason of which was to prevent any potential risks associated with such…think drugs/se×/alcohol).

      Our location of 1 1/2 to 4 hours drive to some of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the country, if not world, gives rise to real potential risks. If not, why does ASO often assist St John’s County Sheriff’s Department during this peak time?

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