Board Approves Late August Start for Schools

LOS ANGELES –The Board of Education voted Tuesday to push back the first day of classes until later in August, extending summer break.

The nation’s second-largest district, under a compromise plan presented by Superintendent Michelle King, voted 5-2 to gradually start school later in August but before Labor Day in September. Classes were approved to begin on Aug. 22, 2017 and on Aug. 28, 2018. 

Several board members commented on the later date for starting classes.

“I have heard from my constituents and have reviewed the data, and I am supportive of the superintendent’s compromise to revise the instructional calendar to begin later in August while ending the semester before winter break,” said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez. “It is important that we ensure that our District provides our high school students with meaningful opportunities to recover courses during break periods in order to be prepared for college, career, and life.”

Board Member Scott Schmerelson added: “Today's vote on a modified school calendar addresses the instructional needs of our high school students, the health and safety of our children, and the summer planning concerns of parents and families. This later starting school year, phased-in over the next two years, is a tribute to the ability of the majority of my colleagues to work collaboratively with each other and our superintendent to best serve our L.A. Unified community.”

Board member Dr. Richard Vladovic also supported the change. “I am very pleased that Superintendent King has listened to the voices of our parents and our communities and has found a compromise that will start school after the worst of the August weather, and still end the semester before the winter break. This plan will give us the best of all solutions: meet the needs of our parent's busy schedules, maintain our ability to perform credit recovery over the winter break, and keep our schedule as much as possible away from the hottest portions of the year.”