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How long is your winter break? A calendar check of Tampa Bay schools.

Some schools are closing for the holidays this week; others won’t be done for a few days. Then it’s lights out until early January.
Some schools have already closed for the holidays, but everyone should be off by the end of the day Dec. 20. [Times (2015)]
Some schools have already closed for the holidays, but everyone should be off by the end of the day Dec. 20. [Times (2015)]
Published Dec. 13, 2019

It’s been a long semester. Students, teachers and staff are ready for a rest. Here’s a look at when winter break starts and when classes resume in January for public schools, colleges and a sampling of private schools in the Tampa Bay area. A link to each school’s academic calendar is included.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Hillsborough County public schools:

Last day before winter break: Dec. 20

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

Pinellas County public schools:

Last day before winter break: Dec. 20

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

Pasco County public schools:

Last day before winter break: Dec. 20

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

Hernando County public schools:

Last day before winter break: Dec. 20

(End of semester early release days Dec. 18-20)

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

University of South Florida:

Last day of fall semester: Dec. 12

First day of spring semester: Jan. 13

St. Petersburg College:

Last day for full fall term, 12-week express session and second eight-week session: Dec. 13

First day for spring full term and first eight-week session: Jan. 13

First day for Weekend College: Jan. 17

First day for 12-week express session: Feb. 10

Hillsborough Community College:

Last day of fall term: Dec. 10

Spring term begins: Jan. 13

Pasco-Hernando State College:

Last day of fall term: Dec. 6

Spring term begins: Jan. 13

University of Tampa:

Last day of fall semester: Dec. 12

Spring semester begins: Jan. 21

Eckerd College:

Last day of fall semester: Dec. 13

Spring semester begins: Jan. 28

St. Leo University:

Last day of fall semester: Dec. 6

Spring semester begins: Jan. 14

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Hillsborough County

Bell Shoals Baptist Academy

Fall semester ends: Dec. 19

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

Berkeley Preparatory School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 19

Classes resume: Jan. 6

Jesuit High School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 20

Classes resume: Jan. 6

Tampa Catholic High School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 20

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

Tampa Preparatory School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 18

Last day for faculty: Dec. 20

Classes resume: Jan. 6

Pinellas County

Calvary Christian High School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 19

Classes resume: Jan. 6

Clearwater Central Catholic High School

Fall semester ends: Jan. 20

Faculty and staff return: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 8

Northside Christian School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 20

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

Shorecrest Preparatory School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 19

Classes resume: Jan. 6

St. Petersburg Catholic High School

Fall semester ends: Dec. 20

Classes resume: Jan. 6

Pasco County

Academy at the Lakes

Fall semester ends: Dec. 19

Teachers return to work: Jan. 6

Classes resume: Jan. 7

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High

Fall semester ends: Dec. 20

Classes resume: Jan. 6

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  9. Former state senator John Legg has not ruled out a run for Pasco County schools superintendent. The district is the nation's largest to elect its chief executive.
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