As distant as the fall season may seem to us right now, Halloween-themed items have already started appearing in a few area stores. They may be jumping the gun on getting the skeletons and all things orange on the shelves, but there is no mistaking that back-to-school time is here.

It's mid-July and for some school districts that means we are just days away from teachers reporting back to work. Quite a few schools will be having their first day of class within the first week of August.

The landscape of the school calendar has experienced major changes over the past decade or two. I've counted nearly 20 Deep East Texas school districts that will be using some form of a 4-day week for the 2023-24 school year. For the most part, those are the schools that will be starting school the earliest for the upcoming semester.

It looks like Corrigan-Camden 'wins the award' for the earliest starting school (August 2), with Kennard just one day behind. Meanwhile, Central Heights ISD (August 28) is taking back to the days when schools waited until nearly Labor Day to return for the new year.

Here's a look at when area schools will be having their first day of class.

August 2

  • Corrigan-Camden ISD (4-day week)

August 3

  • Kennard ISD (4-day week)

August 7

  • Leggett ISD (4-day week)
  • Centerville ISD (4-day hybrid)
  • Groveton ISD (4-day hybrid)
  • Rusk ISD (4-day week)
  • Latexo ISD (4-day week)
  • Crockett ISD (4-day week)
  • Timpson ISD (4-day week)

August 8

  • Apple Springs ISD (4-day week)
  • Colmesneil ISD (4-day week)
  • Shepherd ISD (4-day hybrid)
  • Onalaska ISD (4-day week)
  • Alto ISD (4-day week)
  • Tenaha ISD
  • Trinity ISD (4-day hybrid)
  • Lufkin ISD
  • Pineywoods Community Academy (4-day week)

August 9

  • Livingston ISD
  • Big Sandy ISD (Dallardsville)
  • Broaddus ISD
  • Hemphill ISD
  • Jasper ISD (4-day hybrid)
  • Huntington ISD
  • Diboll ISD
  • West Sabine ISD
  • Chester ISD
  • Wells ISD
  • Woodville ISD
  • Zavalla ISD

August 10

  • San Augustine ISD
  • St. Patrick Catholic School
  • Warren ISD
  • Woden ISD

August 14

  • Center ISD
  • Central ISD
  • Shelbyville ISD
  • Excelsior ISD
  • St. Boniface Catholic Classical High School
  • St. Cyprian's Episcopal School

August 15

  • Lovelady ISD

August 16

  • Hudson ISD
  • Chireno ISD
  • Garrison ISD
  • Christ Episcopal Nacogdoches
  • Nacogdoches ISD
  • Martinsville ISD
  • Douglass ISD

August 17

  • Cushing ISD

August 21

  • Mt. Enterprise ISD
  • Brookeland ISD

August 23

  • Fredonia Hill Baptist Academy

August 28

  • Central Heights ISD

If you find any of these dates in error, please contact me

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