School Holiday Law and Legal Definition

School holidays are periods during which schools are closed from study. They are normally not counted as instructional days. School holidays are also termed as vacations, breaks or recess. The dates and periods of school holidays vary considerably throughout the world.

In U.S school holidays typically include Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Friday, a winter break beginning on or before Christmas Eve through the day after New Year's Day (about 10 days), Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Presidents' Day, spring break during the Western Christian Holy Week and sometimes the day after Easter (five or six days), and Memorial Day. Some schools also observe Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, and other state or local holidays. Some schools have additional holidays for students that are workdays for the staff, such as parent–teacher conference days. The aggregate of school holidays typically amounts to 20 days, so an academic year that starts the last week of August or first week of September will typically finish the second or third week of June. Schools that start in July or early August end in middle to late May.