What happens when the summer vacation is over

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The Standing Conference agrees the dates for the summer holidays on a long-term basis. The rest of the vacation dates are determined by the federal states themselves. The federal states forward their vacation dates to the secretariat of the conference of ministers of education, which they publish as an overview. The publication takes place continuously.


First day of vacation

Last day of vacation

EasterMarch 29, 2021April 10, 2021
PentecostMay 25, 2021May 25, 2021
summerJuly 5, 202117th August 2021
autumnOctober 11, 2021October 23, 2021
ChristmasDecember 24, 2021January 8, 2022

Flexible vacation days in North Rhine-Westphalia

In addition to the holidays, which are set for the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia, the schools have each school year three (School year 2021/22 and 2022/23) to four (2020/21 and 2023/24) movable vacation days available.

When exactly these should be, the school conference decides in agreement with the school authority. At least one of the movable vacation days must be determined according to the local festivals and customs (e.g. carnival). Furthermore, the aim is that all schools in a community decide on an appointment by mutual agreement.

The decision as to when the flexible vacation days should take place must be made no later than eight weeks before the start of the summer vacation of the coming school year. The school management forwards these appointments immediately to the pupils, parents and the school supervisory authority. Further details can be found in the holiday regulations for North Rhine-Westphalia.

More information on school holidays

The summer holidays of the agricultural technical schools can be adapted to the special needs of agriculture in agreement with the school supervisory authority.