FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The Broward County School Board’s new calendar will have classes for the 2018-19 school year starting earlier than usual.

The school board approved the new schedule in a vote Tuesday, which has first day of classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 15, breaking the long-standing tradition of having classes start on a Monday. The 2017-2018 school year began on Monday, Aug. 21.

The plan calls for the last day of school to be on June 4, 2019. Thanksgiving break runs Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Friday Nov. 23, and winter break will be Dec. 24 to Jan. 4, 2019. Meanwhile, spring break will run March 25 to March 29, 2019. Schools will have a Teacher Planning Day for Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The calendar also includes 10 teacher planning days, 6 early release days, and has contingencies in place for up to five hurricane make-up days, if needed. It will also ensure that schools can offer final semester exams before the winter holiday  break starts on Dec. 24.

To view the 2018-19 school year calendar, visit the Broward Schools website.

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