Back-to-school to-do list: Mark your calendar for important dates


School is starting in as few as 17 days, as many as 29 days for local students. It all depends on your school district.

It’s time to do some investigation of the calendar for the year so you don’t get caught off guard.

Do you know when the first-day of school is or other important days? Investigate the calendar now. Sung Park/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2003

Take out the old calendar or your phone and mark off these days:

  • Meet the teacher for elementary school/orientation or book pickup days for middle school and high school. (It will vary by school; check your school’s website.)
  • First day of school (Don’t base it at all on last year. It’s a whole different ballgame this year.)
  • Last day of the six weeks or nine weeks. (Know these because usually a week or two before, your children might have major assignments due).
  • Exams and STAAR testing dates. Exams vary by district and even by school sometimes. The Texas Education Agency has the 2018 STAAR testing dates on its calendar at tea.texas.gov.
  • Back to School Night. (This varies by school or by grade, so check out your school’s website).
  • Major holidays that every one has off like Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day.
  • At some districts holidays like Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day, President’s Day and Good Friday also are student holidays. There also might be other random student holidays.
  • Late start days or early release dates for high-schoolers.
  • Thanksgiving Break. (This year, Austin Independent School District is going to a full week of break. Is yours as well?)
  • Start and finish of winter break.
  • Bad weather makeup days. (These are set holidays that might be taken away if we have a day of ice or snow or flooding.)
  • Spring Break.
  • Last day of classes. (Many schools do not go into June this year).

If the kids don’t have school, what is going to be your plan for them? Do you have a baby sitter/relative on hand? Call them now and secure their time. Will kids go to a one-day or week-long camp? Will you need to take off of work? Coordinate that with your boss now.

When does your school start? 

Check our list:

Aug. 16

Lake Travis ISD

Elgin ISD

Lockhart ISD

Coupland ISD

Hutto ISD

Taylor ISD

Aug. 17

Georgetown ISD

Wimberley ISD

Aug. 21

Austin ISD

Eanes ISD

Manor ISD

Bastrop ISD

Liberty Hill ISD

Burnet ISD

Aug. 22

Round Rock ISD

Lago Vista ISD

Aug. 23

Dripping Springs ISD

Aug. 28

Pflugerville ISD

Hays Consolidated ISD

Leander ISD

San Marcos Consolidated ISD

Thrall ISD

Marble Falls ISD

Fredericksburg ISD

Johnson City ISD

Smithville ISD

Giddings ISD

McDade ISD

Granger ISD

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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