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2018 Calendar of Events - CalEdFacts

This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Dates included on this calendar are gathered from various sources and are not intended as definitive or official notification from the California Department of Education. We hope the calendar will assist you in planning special recognition events.

    January 2018
  • National Blood Donor Month (1/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize January as National Blood Donor Month.​
  • National Braille Literacy Month (1/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize January as National Braille Literacy Month.
  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (1/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. For more information, please visit the Homeland Security National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Web page at https://www.dhs.gov/blog/2017/01/03/january-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevention-month-join-fight.
  • National Staying Healthy Month (1/1/2018) 
    ​The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize January as National Staying Healthy Month.
  • New Year's Day (1/1/2018) 
    New Year's Day is a public school holiday per California Education Code Section 37220. New Year's Day is also a state holiday per California Government Code Section 6700. The California Department of Education will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/15/2018) 
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a public school holiday per California Education Code Section 37220. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is also a state holiday per California Government Code Section 6700. The California Department of Education will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018.
  • Ed Roberts Day (1/23/2018) 
    Ed Roberts Day is a public school holiday held each year on January 23rd per California Education Code Section 37220.
  • National Handwriting Day (1/23/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize January 23rd each year as National Handwriting Day.
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day (1/27/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution (1/30/2018) 
    January 30 of each year is designated and set apart as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, a day having special significance pursuant to California Education Code Section 37222.
  • February 2018
  • American Heart Month (2/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize February as American Heart Month.
  • National African American History Month (2/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize February as National African American History Month.
  • National Children's Dental Health Month (2/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize February as National Children's Dental Health Month.
  • National Freedom Day (2/1/2018) 
    The President may issue each year a proclamation designating February 1 as National Freedom Day to commemorate the signing by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865, of the joint resolution adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives that proposed the 13th amendment to the Constitution (36 United States Code 124).
  • Rosa Parks Day (2/4/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize February 4th as Rosa Parks Day.
  • National School Counseling Week (2/5/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 59th as National School Counseling Week.
  • Ronald Reagan Day (2/6/2018) 
    February 6 of each year is designated and set apart as Ronald Reagan Day, a day having special significance pursuant to California Education Code Section 37222. On Ronald Reagan Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises remembering the life of Ronald Reagan, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state.
  • Lincoln Day (2/12/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37220: The Monday or Friday of the week in which February 12 occurs, known as "Lincoln Day." On the day that school is in session prior to the day on which schools are closed for that purpose, all public schools and educational institutions throughout the state shall hold exercises in memory of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Take Your Family to School Week (2/12/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 1216 as Take Your Family to School Week.
  • Frederick Douglass Day (2/14/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 14 as Frederick Douglass Day.
  • Susan B. Anthony Day (2/15/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37221: February 15, the anniversary of the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, known as "Susan B. Anthony Day" on which day schools shall include exercises and instruction on the political and economic status of women in the United States and the contributions of Susan B. Anthony thereto.
  • National Parent Teacher Association Founders Day (2/17/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize February 17 as National Parent Teacher Association Founders Day.
  • Washington Day (2/19/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37220: The third Monday in February, known as "Washington Day." On the Friday preceding, all public schools and educational institutions throughout the state shall hold exercises in memory of George Washington. The California Department of Education will be closed on Washington Day, commonly referred to as Presidents Day.
  • March 2018
  • American Red Cross Month (3/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as American Red Cross Month.
  • Arts Education Month in California/Youth Art Month (3/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March as Arts Education Month in California/Youth Art Month.
  • Music in Our Schools Month (3/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March as Music in Our Schools Month.
  • National Middle Level Education Month (3/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March as National Middle Level Education Month.
  • National Nutrition Month (3/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March as National Nutrition Month.
  • National Social Work Month (3/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March as National Social Work Month.
  • National Women's History Month (3/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March as National Women's History Month.
  • Read Across America Day (3/2/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March 2 as Read Across America Day.
  • National Anthem Day (3/3/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize March 3 as National Anthem Day.
  • Save Your Vision Week (3/4/2018) 
    To remind Americans about the importance of safeguarding their eyesight, the United States Congress, by joint resolution approved December 30, 1963, as amended (36 United States Code 138), has authorized and requested the President to proclaim the first week in March of each year as "Save Your Vision Week."
  • National School Breakfast Week (3/5/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize National School Breakfast Week: March 5-9, 2018.
  • Newspaper in Education Week (3/5/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize the first week in March as Newspaper in Education Week. Newspaper in Education Week is celebrated annually.
  • Conservation, Bird, and Arbor Day (3/7/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37221: March 7, the anniversary of the birthday of Luther Burbank, known as Conservation, Bird, and Arbor Day on which day schools shall include exercises and instruction on the economic value of birds and trees, and the promotion of a spirit of protection toward them, and as to the economic value of natural resources, and the desirability of their conservation.
  • National Poison Prevention Week (3/18/2018) 
    36 United States Code 130: To encourage Americans to learn more about the dangers of accidental poisonings and to take appropriate preventative measures, the Congress, by joint resolution approved September 26, 1961, as amended (75 Stat. 681) has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of March each year as "National Poison Prevention Week."
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (3/21/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize March 21 each year as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
  • Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day (3/30/2018) 
    California Education Code: March 30 of each year is designated and set apart as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, a day having special significance pursuant to Section 37222. On Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises recognizing the contributions of all those involved in the Vietnam War and remembering the sacrifices they made for their country.
  • Cesar Chavez Day (3/31/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37220.5: (a) In addition to the holidays prescribed in Section 37220, public schools may be closed on March 31, known as "Cesar Chavez Day," or the appropriate Monday or Friday following or preceding that date, if the governing board, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, agrees to close schools for that purpose. (b) On March 31 or on the day determined by the governing board, public schools and educational institutions throughout the state may include exercises, funded through existing resources, commemorating and directing attention to the history of the farm labor movement in the United States and particularly the role therein of Cesar Chavez. The State Board of Education shall adopt a model curriculum guide to be available for use by public schools for exercises related to Cesar Chavez Day. The California Department of Education will be closed on Cesar Chavez Day.
  • April 2018
  • Autism Awareness Month (4/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April as Autism Awareness Month.
  • Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month (4/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April as Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.
  • National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month (4/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month. By House Resolution 690, from Congressman Mike Honda, every April is recognized as National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month.
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month (4/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • National Poetry Month (4/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April as National Poetry Month.
  • Public Schools Month (4/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April as Public Schools Month.
  • School Library Month (4/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as School Library Month.
  • International Children’s Book Day (4/2/2018) 
    International Children's Book Day is celebrated annually on April 2. Founded in 1967, the day is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. Activities include writing competitions, announcements of book awards and events with authors of children's literature. ​ The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 2 as International Childrens Book Day.
  • California Poppy Day (4/6/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37222.12: (a) April 6 of each year is designated and set apart as California Poppy Day, a day having special significance pursuant to Section 37222. (b) On California Poppy Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises honoring the California Poppy, including instruction about native plants, particularly the California Poppy, and the economic and aesthetic value of wildflowers; promoting responsible behavior toward our natural resources and a spirit of protection toward them; and emphasizing the value of natural resources and conservation of natural resources.
  • World Health Day (4/7/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April 7 as World Health Day.
  • National Library Week (4/8/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to celebrate National Library Week (April 814) with the theme "Libraries Transform". First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday (4/13/2018) 
    36 United States Code 141: ​The President shall issue each year a proclamation (1) calling on officials of the United States Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on April 13; and (2) inviting the people of the United States to observe April 13 in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies in commemoration of Thomas Jeffersons birthday.
  • High School Voter Education Weeks (4/16/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize High School Voter Education Weeks: April 1627, 2018.
  • National Librarian Day (4/16/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April 16 as National Librarian Day.
  • Public School Volunteer Week (4/16/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize Public School Volunteer Week: April 1620, 2018. Public School Volunteer Week provides a yearly opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the powerful contributions parents and caregivers provide at school and home to support student success.
  • Week of the Young Child (4/16/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize Week of the Young Child: April 1620, 2018. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
  • John Muir Day (4/21/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37222.11: (a) April 21 of each year is designated and set apart as John Muir Day, a day having special significance pursuant to Section 37222. (b) On John Muir Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises stressing the importance that an ecologically sound natural environment plays in the quality of life for all of us, and emphasizing John Muir's significant contributions to the fostering of that awareness and the indelible mark he left on the State of California.
  • Administrative Professionals Week (4/22/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 2228, 2018 as Administrative Professionals Week. Administrative Professionals Week is celebrated on the last full week of April each year.
  • Earth Day (4/22/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April 22 as Earth Day.
  • National Environmental Education Week (4/23/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Environmental Education Week: April 2329, 2018. National Environmental Education Week is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students.
  • Administrative Professionals Day (4/25/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 25, 2018 as Administrative Professionals Day. Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week, which is on the last full week of April.
  • 50/50 Day (4/26/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 26, 2018 as 50/50 Day.
  • National Children’s Book Week (4/30/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Childrens Book Week: April 30-May 6, 2018.
  • Screen-Free Week (Formerly known as National TV-Turnoff Week) (4/30/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize Screen-Free Week: April 30 to May 6, 2018.
  • May 2018
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (5/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (36 United States Code 102).
  • Labor History Month (5/1/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 51009: The month of May is hereby deemed to be Labor History Month throughout the public schools, and school districts are encouraged to commemorate this month with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States.
  • Law Day, U.S.A. (5/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A.. Law Day is an observance and is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Law Day is aimed to help people appreciate their liberties and to affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice. It also aims to cultivate respect for the law, which is vital to the democratic way of life.
  • Loyalty Day (5/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May 1 as Loyalty Day. Loyalty Day is an observance but it is not a public holiday in the United States. The United States of America was founded by patriots who risked their lives to bring freedom to the nation. The nations founders are remembered on Loyalty Day, which is a day when people celebrate their freedom while remembering their responsibilities to continue the legacy of liberty. Loyalty Day is celebrated with parades and ceremonies in several communities across the United States. Schools, churches, and various organizations participate in these events.
  • National Mental Health Month (5/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May as National Mental Health Month.
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (5/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
  • School Principals Day (5/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May 1 as School Principals Day.
  • National Teacher Appreciation Week (5/7/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Teacher Appreciation Week: May 711, 2018.
  • School Nutrition Employee Week (5/7/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize School Nutrition Employee Week: May 7-11, 2018.
  • National Teacher Appreciation Day (5/8/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 8 as National Teacher Appreciation Day.
  • California Day of the Teacher (5/9/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 9, 2018 as California Day of the Teacher. Day of the Teacher arose out of legislation co-sponsored by the California Teachers Association and the Association of Mexican American Educators. Senator Joseph Montoya wrote the bill and it was adopted in 1982. California has patterned its celebration after the traditional El Dia del Maestro festivities observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
  • National School Nurse Day (5/9/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 9 as National School Nurse Day.
  • Mother’s Day (5/13/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 13 as Mothers Day (36 United States Code 117).
  • National Police Week (5/13/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Police Week (36 United States Code 137): May 13-19, 2018.
  • National Peace Officers Memorial Day (5/15/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 15 each year as National Peace Officers Memorial Day (36 United States Code 136). United States flag to be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.
  • Armed Forces Day (5/19/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize the third Saturday each May as Armed Forces Day.
  • Classified School Employees Week (5/21/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 2127, 2018 as Classified School Employees Week. Classified School Employees Week is typically celebrated on the third full week in May each year.
  • Harvey Milk Day (5/22/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37222.13. (a) May 22 of each year is designated and set apart as Harvey Milk Day, a day having special significance pursuant to Section 37222. (b) On Harvey Milk Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state.
  • National Missing Children’s Day (5/25/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 25 each year as National Missing Childrens Day.
  • Memorial Day (5/28/2018) 
    Memorial Day is a public school holiday per California Education Code Section 37220. It is also a state holiday per California Government Code Section 6700. The California Department of Education will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018. Every Memorial Day, the U.S. flag is quickly raised to the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then raised again to full height at noon. The time at half-mast is meant to honor the million-plus fallen U.S. soldiers who have died for their country over the years. Re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nations heroes will not have died in vain.
  • World No Tobacco Day (5/31/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May 31 as World No Tobacco Day.
  • June 2018
  • Fireworks Safety Month (6/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize June 1 through July 4 each year as Fireworks Safety Month.
  • LGBTQ Pride Month (6/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month.
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month (6/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize June each year as National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month.
  • National Safety Month (6/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize June each year as National Safety Month.
  • World Environment Day (6/5/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize June 5 as World Environment Day.
  • National Flag Week (6/10/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Flag Week (36 United States Code 122): June 10-16, 2018.
  • National Flag Day (6/14/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize June 14 each year as National Flag Day (36 United States Code 110).
  • Father’s Day (6/17/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize June 17, 2018 as Fathers Day (36 United States Code 109).
  • July 2018
  • July 4th (7/4/2018) 
    July 4th is a public school holiday per California Education Code Section 37220. July 4th is also a state holiday per California Government Code Section 6700. The California Department of Education will be closed on Wednesday July 4, 2018.
  • August 2018
  • Children's Eye Health and Safety Month (8/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize August as Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.
  • National Immunization Awareness Month (8/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
  • Women's Equality Day (8/26/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize August 26 as Women's Equality Day.
  • September 2018
  • Library Card Sign-Up Month (9/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize September as Library Card Sign-Up Month.
  • National Preparedness Month (9/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize September as National Preparedness Month.
  • National School Success Month (9/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize September as National School Success Month.
  • Labor Day (9/3/2018) 
    Labor Day is a public school holiday per California Education Code Section 37220. It is also a state holiday per California Government Code Section 6700. The California Department of Education will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018.
  • International Literacy Day (9/8/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize September 8 as International Literacy Day.
  • California Admission Day (9/9/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize September 9 as California Admission Day. California Admission Day is celebrated annually on September 9 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1850 admission of California into the Union as the thirty-first state.
  • National Grandparents Day (9/9/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize September 9, 2018 as National Grandparents Day.
  • Patriot Day (9/11/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize September 11 as Patriot Day. In the United States, Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the 2,977 people killed in the 2001 September 11 attacks. The flag of the United States is flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset (36 United States Code 144)
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize September as National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15 (36 United States Code 126).
  • Constitution and Citizenship Day (9/17/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize September 17 as Constitution and Citizenship Day (36 United States Code 106). Constitution and Citizenship Day on September 17 commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. It is dedicated to all American citizens.
  • Constitution Week (9/17/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize Constitution Week (36 United States Code 108): September 17-23.
  • Native American Day (9/28/2018) 
    California Education Code Section 37220.7. (a) In addition to the holidays prescribed in Section 37220, public schools may be closed on the fourth Friday in September, known as "Native American Day," if the governing board, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, agrees to close schools for that purpose. (b) On the fourth Friday in September, or if schools are closed on that date as specified in subdivision (a), on an alternate day determined by the governing board, public schools and educational institutions throughout (California) may include exercises, funded through existing resources, commemorating and directing attention to the many contributions that Native Americans have made to this country. The State Board of Education may adopt a model curriculum guide to be available for use by public schools for exercises related to Native American Day.
  • Gold Star Mother's Day (9/30/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize September 30, 2018 as Gold Star Mother's Day. Gold Star Mothers Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.
  • October 2018
  • California School Bus Safety Awareness Month (10/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October as California School Bus Safety Awareness Month.
  • Character Education Month (10/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize each October as Character Education Month.
  • Child Health Day (10/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 1, 2018 as Child Health Day (36 United States Code 105). Child Health Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October.
  • Crime Prevention Month (10/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize each October as National Crime Prevention Month.
  • Filipino American History Month (10/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize each October as Filipino American History Month.
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month (10/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (36 United States Code 121).
  • National Energy Awareness Month (10/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize each October as National Energy Awareness Month.
  • World Teachers' Day (10/5/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize October 5th as World Teachers' Day. ​This day was first created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Foundation (UNESCO) in 1966 and remains a holiday today, celebrated every year on October 5th.
  • National Fire Prevention Week (10/7/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 7th through the 13th as National Fire Prevention Week.
  • Columbus Day (10/8/2018) 
    October 8, 2018 is Columbus Day (36 United States Code 107). Columbus Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October and is not recognized as a school holiday in California.
  • Week of the School Administrator (10/8/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 8th through the 14th as Week of the School Administrator (California Education Code Section 44015.1). 44015.1. In observance of the importance of educational leadership at the school, school district, and county levels, the second full week in the month of October of each year shall be designated as Week of the School Administrator. Schools, school districts, and county superintendents of schools are encouraged to observe the week with public recognition of the contribution that school administrators make to successful pupil achievement.
  • World Mental Health Day (10/10/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 10th each year as World Mental Health Day.
  • National School Lunch Week (10/14/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 14th through the 20th as National School Lunch Week. The week beginning on the second Sunday in October is National School Lunch Week. (36 United States Code Section 132).
  • Digital Citizenship Week (10/15/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 15-19, 2018 as Digital Citizenship Week. This event is one of many efforts in California to build capacity for students and families to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Digital Citizenship Week is recognized on the third week of October each year.
  • National School Bus Safety Week (10/15/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 15-19, 2018 as National School Bus Safety Week.
  • White Cane Safety Day (10/15/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize October 15th as White Cane Safety Day (36 United States Code 142).
  • World Food Day (10/16/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize October 16th as World Food Day.
  • America's Safe Schools Week (10/21/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 21-27, 2018 as America's Safe Schools Week. America's Safe Schools Week, occurs annually during the third full week in October.
  • Red Ribbon Week (10/23/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 23-31, 2018 as Red Ribbon Week.
  • United Nations Day (10/24/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize October 24th as United Nations Day.
  • Make a Difference Day (10/27/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 27, 2018 as Make a Difference Day. Make a Difference Day has been celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October since 1992.
  • November 2018
  • California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month (11/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize November as California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month.
  • Good Nutrition Month (11/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize each November as Good Nutrition Month.
  • National Child Safety and Protection Month (11/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize each November as National Child Safety and Protection Month.
  • National Native American Heritage Month (11/1/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month. President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution in 1990 designating November National American Indian Heritage Month.
  • Election Day (11/6/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize Tuesday, November 6, 2018 as Election Day
  • Veteran's Day (11/11/2018) 
    The California Department of Education (CDE) encourages you to annually recognize November 11th as Veteran's Day (California Education Code Section 37220). All public schools and the CDE will be closed when the Veteran's Day holiday falls on a week day.
  • American Education Week (11/12/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize November 1216, 2018 as American Education Week.
  • National Family Week (11/18/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize November 1824, 2018 as National Family Week. National Family Week has been observed during the week of Thanksgiving since 1987.
  • Thanksgiving Day (11/22/2018) 
    The California Department of Education (CDE) encourages you to recognize November 22, 2018 as Thanksgiving Day (California Education Code Section 37220). Thanksgiving Day is a United States national holiday celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November. All public schools and the CDE will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
  • December 2018
  • National Special Education Day (12/2/2018) 
    The California Department of Education (CDE) encourages you to annually recognize December 2nd as National Special Education Day.
  • Computer Science Education Week (12/3/2018) 
    The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize December 3-9, 2018 as Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week is celebrated Monday through Sunday each year during the week of the 9th.
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (12/7/2018) 
    The California Department of Education (CDE) encourages you to recognize December 7th each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (36 United States Code 129).
  • December 25 (12/25/2018) 
    The California Department of Education (CDE) encourages you to annually recognize December 25 as a public holiday (California Education Code Section 37220). All public schools and the CDE will be closed for the December 25 holiday.

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