St. Charles Parish students to enjoy long 17-day winter break

St. Charles Parish Public School (SCPPS) students will enjoy a long holiday break in December and January; time off began this month with an early dismissal on Dec. 21 with students not reporting back to school until Jan. 8.

Local students will have a total of 10 weekdays off with the winter holiday break ending on Thursday, Jan. 4, followed by a Professional Learning Day on Friday, Jan. 5. Students remain off on the Professional Learning Day, but teachers return to school for training before students join them once again on Monday morning, Jan. 8.

This year’s SCPPS end of year break, when taking into consideration students’ 10 weekdays off, the Jan. 5 Professional Learning Day and three additional weekends the winter break encompasses, combines for a grand total of 17 days off for St. Charles Parish students.

While it may seem like a longer than usual holiday break for parents, school officials say the number of days off this year is nothing new.

“This year’s break is the same length as it typically is,” Regina McMillan, SCPPS Director of Public Information, explained.

For each of the last four school years, even following 2021’s Hurricane Ida, the school system has held to a 10-weekday holiday break, McMillan said.

To help parents and their children from going stir crazy at home during this year’s long winter break, the St. Charles Parish Library has lined up numerous activities for local families for the first week of January 2024.

“We have lots of free activities going on at the library, and some great opportunities to get out of the house with family and friends,” Maria Billelo, St. Charles Parish Library Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian, said. “From family activities like holiday-themed Bingo to LEGO Club, Storytime and giant board games, we have something for everyone during the school break.”

In what promises to be the library’s biggest event planned over the winter break, on Friday, Jan. 5 the St. Charles Parish Library will hold a Taylor Swift Eras Party from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the East Regional Library in Destrehan. The all-ages event will feature themed activities throughout the library, ending with a dance party at the end of the night.

St. Charles Parish students will receive their next big holiday break in February during carnival season, when they are off the entire week of Feb. 12.  

For more details on the Christmas holiday schedule or future holiday breaks during the 2024 school year, visit the SCPPS website at For more on upcoming special events and activities at the St. Charles Parish Library, visit


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