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The first day of school for Lafayette public school students is Thursday, and although it’s easy to think there’s a long time between now and the end of the year, those days will go by quickly.

Starting Thursday, students have 173 instruction days between August and the final day of school on May 29, excluding graduating seniors, who will close out their year early for graduation. Teachers have a few extra days slated on the calendar, with 182 teacher days scheduled.

Besides the major holidays breaking up those school days, students will also have off for at least five in-service days. The in-service days allow teachers and district staff to gather for professional development and teacher training during the school year.

Dates have also been set for parent-teacher conferences, progress reports and report cards. This year, the four nine-week periods run from Aug. 15 to Oct. 17, Oct. 18 to Jan. 3, Jan. 4 to March 19 and March 20 to May 28.

Read below to see important dates for the 2019-20 school year:

Holidays

Labor Day — Sept. 2

Thanksgiving — Nov. 25-29

Christmas — Dec. 23 to Jan. 3

Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Jan. 20

Mardi Gras — Feb. 24-26

Easter/Spring Break — April 10-17

Graduation (Tentative) — May 22 and 23

Memorial Day — May 25

In-service days for teachers and staff

Sept. 16

Oct. 25

Dec. 2

Feb. 27

May 29

Parent-teacher conferences

Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Progress reports

Sept. 17

Nov. 19

Feb. 12

April 27

Report cards

Oct. 24

Jan. 21

March 26

May 29

Email Katie Gagliano at kgagliano@theadvocate.com