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Family Handbook and Calendar

This annual publication is mailed to families every August.

School Start and End Times

Elementary School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Middle School: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
High School: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Early Dismissal Times for 2023-24

Elementary K-5: 12:20 p.m.
Middle School: 1:15 p.m.
High School: 2 p.m.

Key Dates

Key Dates for 2023-24 school year

Aug. 31, 2023: First day of school

Sept. 4, 2023: No school/holiday

Nov. 10, 2023: No school/holiday

Nov. 23 to 24, 2023: No school/holiday

Dec. 18, 2023 to Jan. 1, 2024: No school/holiday (winter break)

Jan. 15, 2024: No school/MLK Jr. day of service

Jan. 22, 2024: No school/day of commemoration (Treaty Day)

Feb. 5, 2024: Semester 2 begins

Feb. 19, 2024: No school/holiday

April 1 to 5, 2024: No school/holiday (spring break)

May 27, 2024: No school/holiday

June 13, 2024: Tentative Community Transitions graduation ceremony

June 14, 2024: Tentative Options High School graduation ceremony

June 15, 2024: Tentative Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum graduation ceremonies

June 18, 2024: Tentative last day (school year may get extended based on snow/closures)

Key Dates for 2024-25 school year

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2024: First day of school

Sept. 2, 2024: No school/holiday

Nov. 11, 2024: No school/holiday

Nov. 28 to 29, 2024: No school/holiday

Dec. 23, 2024 to Jan. 3, 2025: No school/holiday (winter break)

Jan. 20, 2025: No school/MLK, Jr. day of service

Jan. 22, 2025: No school/day of commemoration (Treaty Day)

Feb. 17, 2025: No school/holiday

April 7 to 11, 2025: No school/holiday (spring break)

May 26, 2025: No school/holiday




For planning purposes, the district and schools use this online reference guide for religious holidays:

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Graduation ceremonies

A Message from Communications and Community Relations

Dear future class of 2024 graduates, families and high school staff,

We are excited to share finalized graduation dates. Please make note of the following important dates:

  • Community Transitions (CT) program graduation is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the Depot Market Square.
  • Options High School graduation ceremony is 6 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Civic Stadium.
  • Squalicum High School graduation ceremony is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Civic.
  • ¥High School graduation ceremony is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Civic.
  • Sehome High School graduation ceremony is 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Civic.

Other important dates:

  • Wednesday, June 12 is the last day for seniors with graduation rehearsals and other end-of-year events during the school day Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14.
  • The last day of school for all other students remains Tuesday, June 18.

Please watch for more information from your school as we get closer to graduation.

All graduations, including CT’s event, will be streamed live and be available for later viewing.

If you have any questions about graduation credits or high school and beyond planning, please contact your school’s counseling office.