As spring approaches, many parents, students, and community members are making plans for the coming months and next year. Several factors determine the district calendar including state mandates, a county-wide common calendar, community needs, professional development obligations, and days decided through negotiations between the Board of Education and the Dearborn Federation of Teachers (DFT).

First, though, there are a few important dates remaining in this year’s school calendar. Spring break begins Monday, April 3, and runs through Friday, April 7. All schools and offices also will be closed on Friday, April 14; Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29.

For those interested in 2017 graduation dates: Henry Ford Early College, May 11; Magnet High School, June 14; Fordson High School, June 15; Dearborn High School, June 16; and Edsel Ford High School, June 17. Please contact individual schools for graduation ceremony details.

Looking ahead to the new academic year, plan your summer vacation now and prepare to be back in town ready to learn for the first day of the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

The 2017-18 district calendar once again includes late start dates that will be used for professional development and school improvement. Feedback from staff has determined that the late start dates have been extremely helpful in providing teachers and principals time to meet, collaborate with colleagues, work on school improvement goals, and improve student instruction. The first of the seven late start dates will occur on Wednesday, October 18, and will continue on various Wednesdays throughout the year.

Also of note for the 2017-18 school year is the early spring break running from Friday, March 30, 2018 through Friday, April 6, 2018. The early spring break is part of the common calendar for all school district’s set by the county.

The 2017-18 calendar will be posted on the district’s website and can be accessed by visiting . Visitors can download a PDF version or view an on-line calendar. Parents are reminded to check with their child’s school for important events and activities taking place unique to their school and not appearing on the district calendar.

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