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Students will begin Wednesday, August 10. Here are a few important dates to keep in mind as we roll into 2016-2017 School Year.

Stay Informed with Important School Calendar Dates for 2016-2017

August 01, 2016 - Points of Pride

There are only a few days left until students go back to school. HCPS students will begin Wednesday, August 10. Over 200 schools will welcome more than 200,000 students back to the district. The approved 2016-2017 student calendar will help families get a jump start on what’s to come and make note of important dates that will impact their child. Hillsborough’s approved new calendar shifts the school year up two weeks.

Here are a few important dates to keep in mind as we roll into 2016-2017 School Year. Visit the HCPS Calendar page for all important dates.


Student Day’s

First Day: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Last Day: Friday, May 26, 2017

Senior’s Last Day: May 17, 2017


Monday Early Release Days

32 days have been designated as “early release” for the 2016-2017 school year, and all of them cut the day short by one hour every Monday.

Last Day of school, Friday, May 26 students are released two and half hours early.


Parent University

Sept. 17 at Jefferson High School

Oct. 22 Location-TBD

Feb. 4 at Armwood High School


Holiday Observances

Some holiday observances fall on a Monday, which means there will be no school Sept. 5th, Labor Day; Nov.11th, Veteran’s Day; Jan.16th, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Feb. 30, President’s Day

Two “nonstudent” break days Oct. 10th and Apr 14th

Veterans Day will be observed Nov. 11th


School Breaks

Major breaks are scheduled in the Fall, Nov. 21-25, Winter Break, Dec. 19th through Jan. 2nd, and Spring Break, March 13-17.


Fairs or Festivals

To allow for attendance to the Florida State Fair, students in western Hillsborough County will have no school Feb. 10th.

In eastern Hillsborough County, students will be out March 6 so they can attend the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City


Grading Periods

The 180 day school year contains four grading periods.

First grading period: Oct. 7, 2016

Second grading period: Dec. 16, 2016

Third grading period: Mar. 10, 2017

Fourth grading period: May 26, 2017


Report Card Distribution Dates

Reports cards for elementary school students will be distributed Oct. 24, Jan. 13, April 3 and May 26

For secondary school students, report cards will be sent home Oct. 28, Jan. 23 April 7, and June 10

Final report cards will be mailed home

For online access to grades visit mySPOT to gain access to your child’s Edsby account.


Other Important Dates

American Education Week is set nationally for Nov. 14-18, 2016

Great American Teach-In, Nov. 17, 2016

National School Bus Safety Week, October 17-21, 2016

Strides for Education 5K Walk/Run, Nov. 12, 2016


College Nights (Tentative Dates)

College Night dates have been set for Sept. 26 at Sickles High, Sept. 27 at Plant High, Sept. 28 at Chamberlain High and Sept. 29 at Brandon High. 


Fechas de Pasos al Futuro

SePt. 22 Gaither High; Oct. 6 Jefferson High; Oct. 6 Plant City High; Nov. 3 Lennard High; Feb. 2 Strawberry Crest High; Feb. 2, Strawberry Crest High; Feb. 16, Spoto High; Mar. 2, Leto High

Visit HCPS calendars for more information or to subscribe to a calendar.