School Starts August 17th In Palm Beach County

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — In its  never ending quest to ruin summer vacations and camps for families and students (we kid, but only a little bit), Palm Beach County Schools today announced the first day of the 2015-2016 school year will be August 17th.

Here’s the official media advisory:

Palm Beach County public school students will begin the 2015-16 school year on Monday, Aug. 17, after Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Tuesday morning that gave school districts more flexibility with school start dates.

School District of Palm Beach County-operated schools have traditionally started classes on the third Monday in August. But until Gov. Scott signed the change in state law on Tuesday, districts were required to begin classes no earlier than two weeks before Labor Day – meaning that the traditional start date for Palm Beach County schools was prohibited, unless the law changed.

The Aug. 17 start date for Palm Beach County students means the first semester of the school year will end before winter break, and students will take final exams before the holidays. The 2015-2016 school calendar is available on the district’s website, www.palmbeachschools.org.

The School Board in January approved two versions of the 2015-2016 school calendar, with the caveat that legislative changes would be required in order for the district to begin school on Aug. 17. Before the change in state law signed by Gov. Scott, school districts were required to begin classes no earlier than two weeks before Labor Day.