January 2017
  • National Blood Donor Month (1/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize January as National Blood Donor Month.
  • National Braille Literacy Month (1/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize January as National Braille Literacy Month.
  • National Staying Healthy Month (1/1/2017) 
    ​The Department of Education encourages you to recognize January as National Staying Healthy Month.
  • New Year's Day (1/1/2017) 
    New Year's Day is a public school holiday per Education Code Section 37220. New Year's Day is also a state holiday per Government Code Section 6700. The Department of Education will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/18/2017) 
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a public school holiday per Education Code Section 37220. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is also a state holiday per Government Code Section 6700. The Department of Education will be closed on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
  • Digital Citizenship Week (1/23/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize January 2327 as Digital Citizenship Week. This event is one of many efforts in to build capacity for students and families to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world.
  • Ed Roberts Day (1/23/2017) 
    Ed Roberts Day is a public school holiday per Education Code Section 37220.
  • National Handwriting Day (1/23/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize Monday, January 23 as National Handwriting Day.
  • Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution (1/30/2017) 
    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 Education Code Section 37222.
  • February 2017
  • American Heart Month (2/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February as American Heart Month.
  • National African American History Month (2/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February as National African American History Month.
  • National Children's Dental Health Month (2/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February as National Children's Dental Health Month.
  • National Freedom Day (2/1/2017) 
    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 (2/4/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 4 as Rosa Parks Day.
  • National School Counseling Week (2/6/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 610 as National School Counseling Week.
  • Ronald Reagan Day (2/6/2017) 
    February 6 of each year is designated and set apart as Ronald Reagan Day, a day having special significance pursuant to 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 (2/13/2017) 
    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 (2/13/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 1317 as Take Your Family to School Week.
  • Frederick Douglass Day (2/14/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 14 as Frederick Douglass Day.
  • Susan B. Anthony Day (2/15/2017) 
    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 (2/17/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize February 17 as National Parent Teacher Association Founders Day.
  • Washington Day (2/20/2017) 
    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 Department of Education will be closed on Washington Day, commonly referred to as Presidents Day.
  • March 2017
  • American Red Cross Month (3/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as American Red Cross Month.
  • Arts Education Month in /Youth Art Month (3/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as Arts Education Month in /Youth Art Month.
  • Music in Our Schools Month (3/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as Music in Our Schools Month.
  • National Middle Level Education Month (3/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as National Middle Level Education Month.
  • National Nutrition Month (3/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as National Nutrition Month.
  • National Social Work Month (3/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as National Social Work Month.
  • National Women's History Month (3/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March as National Women's History Month.
  • Read Across America Day (3/2/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March 2 as Read Across America Day.
  • National Anthem Day (3/3/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize March 3 as National Anthem Day.
  • National School Breakfast Week (3/6/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize National School Breakfast Week: March 6-10, 2017.
  • Newspaper in Education Week (3/6/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize the first week in March as Newspaper in Education Week. Newspaper In Education Week is celebrated annually.
  • Save Your Vision Week (3/6/2017) 
    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."
  • Conservation, Bird, and Arbor Day (3/7/2017) 
    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 (3/19/2017) 
    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 (3/21/2017) 
    The 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 (3/30/2017) 
    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 (3/31/2017) 
    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 Department of Education will be closed on Cesar Chavez Day.
  • April 2017
  • Autism Awareness Month (4/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as Autism Awareness Month.
  • Mathematics Awareness Month (4/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as Mathematics Awareness Month.
  • Month of the Military Child (4/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as Month of the Military Child.
  • National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month (4/1/2017) 
    The 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 (4/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • National Poetry Month (4/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as National Poetry Month.
  • Public Schools Month (4/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as Public Schools Month.
  • School Library Month (4/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April as School Library Month.
  • International Children’s Book Day (4/2/2017) 
    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 Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 2 as International Childrens Book Day.
  • Poppy Day (4/6/2017) 
    Education Code Section 37222.12: (a) April 6 of each year is designated and set apart as Poppy Day, a day having special significance pursuant to Section 37222. (b) On Poppy Day, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to conduct exercises honoring the Poppy, including instruction about native plants, particularly the 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 (4/7/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 7, 2017 as World Health Day.
  • National Library Week (4/9/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to celebrate National Library Week 2016 (April 9-15) 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 (4/13/2017) 
    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.
  • National Environmental Education Week (4/16/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Environmental Education Week: April 16-22, 2017. National Environmental Education Week is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students.
  • National Librarian Day (4/16/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April 16 as National Librarian Day.
  • Public School Volunteer Week (4/17/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize Public School Volunteer Week: April 17-21, 2017. 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.
  • John Muir Day (4/21/2017) 
    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 .
  • Earth Day (4/22/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize April 22 as Earth Day.
  • Week of the Young Child (4/24/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize Week of the Young Child: April 2428, 2017.
  • School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day (4/25/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 25, 2017 as School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day. The fourth Tuesday of April each year is set aside to recognize school bus drivers.
  • Administrative Professionals Day (4/26/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize April 26, 2017 as Administrative Professionals Day.
  • May 2017
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (36 United States Code 102).
  • Labor History Month (5/1/2017) 
    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 and the United States.
  • Law Day, U.S.A. (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 1, 2017 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 (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize May 1, 2017 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 Children’s Book Week (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Childrens Book Week: May 1-7, 2017.
  • National Mental Health Month (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize May as National Mental Health Month.
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
  • National Teacher Appreciation Week (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize National Teacher Appreciation Week: May 1-5, 2017.
  • School Principals Day (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to annually recognize May 1 as School Principals Day.
  • Screen-Free Week (Formerly known as National TV-Turnoff Week) (5/1/2017) 
    The Department of Education encourages you to recognize Screen-Free Week: May 1-7, 2017.