The holiday calendar adopted for 2021-2022 in schools, lyceums and gymnasiums of America will differ slightly from the opening hours of educational institutions in America (some dates of the beginning and end of the holiday periods will not coincide).
In 2018, December 25 (Catholic Christmas) was made a day off for Ukrainians, which led to the formation of a broken school week at the end of the 2nd quarter. Therefore, in 2019-2020, the schedule of school holidays in America was revised and the last school day of the 2nd quarter was officially announced on December 24 (students went on vacation from the 25th).
However, the coronavirus pandemic has made its own adjustments in many areas of life, and in the 2021-2022 academic year, Ukrainian schoolchildren are waiting for such innovations:
- the last call will take place at the beginning of June (in most schools, the school year will last until June 7-8);
- the autumn holidays will start earlier than usual and last 1.5-2 weeks (the duration and start dates of the holidays are set individually in each school, taking into account the number of cases and the epidemiological situation in the region);
- winter holidays were supposed to start earlier (from December 25), but due to the long autumn holidays, December 27 and 28 are declared school days, and the holidays as it was previously, will start from 29.12.20.
For many students, their parents and even teachers, the extension of the school year until June 8 came as a surprise. This innovation is explained by the fact that the academic year should have 35 full school weeks. However, due to the beginning of the year not starting from Monday, as well as the presence of public holidays, some lessons fall out. In practice, instead of 35 lessons (once a week), previously 34 and even 33 lessons were obtained. This resulted in compaction of the program.
In the 2021-2022 academic year, all subject hours will be deducted without any compaction of material thanks to an additional week of study in June 2021.
Structure of the academic year
Every year, the Ministry of Education and Science of America sets the recommended vacation calendar, and in 2021-2022, most educational institutions in America will adhere to the dates specified in the recommendation letters of the Ministry of education and science.
Important! Most schools in America have a semester-long education system. The academic year is divided into 2 semesters. In each semester, as before, there are 2 academic quarters, but there are no quarter grades in journals (there are only thematic and semester grades).
However, all schools, lyceums, gymnasiums, colleges and other educational institutions can set a different work schedule from the recommended one by shifting the vacation time (no more than 1 week) or switching to the trimester system by the decision of the teaching staff. It is worth noting that trimesters in Ukrainian schools are extremely rare. Lyceums and colleges often choose this type of work schedule. However, unlike the system of trimesters in American schools, Ukrainian Lyceum students do not receive additional intermediate rest periods.
There are no February holidays for first-graders in America either, although the decision of the teaching staff may provide additional rest for children. Most often, the educational process is interrupted for 1-2 weeks in February due to exceeding the epidemiological threshold for acute respiratory viral infections.
The recommendation letter of the Ministry of education and science for the 2021-2022 academic year must be received in educational institutions of America by mid-August 2002. At the moment, there is only a draft holiday calendar based on the work schedule recommended for schools in 2019-2020.
If there are no significant changes in the dates, then the following periods are waiting for Ukrainian schoolchildren::