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  Educational zones have their own schedules
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Favorite thing: School Hours, Terms & Holidays
Most French state schools are now working to the four day week with Wednesday remaining free and no school on Saturdays.
Often on Wed's, mothers are off too from work, or they take their children with them to work!
Sunday, when riding the bus in Paris, the bus driver had his 8 year old daughter standing up next to him
while he was driving the bus.

Primary schools generally have 26 hours per week from around 08.45 to 16.30 with 90 minutes or 2 hours for lunch break.
All the French children are trained in the two hour lunch as well as days off and vacations to their parents vacation homes.
Actual start and finish times will vary according to each local school and should be checked with the school.

Some holidays are now being shortened to compensate for the loss of 12 teaching days caused by the adoption of the four day school week. This has caused consternation amongst parents in some parts of France where the traditional September return to school after the long summer holiday has been brought back to the last week of August. And in some areas the summer vacation now starts half way through July ? this has resulted in speculation about the need for swimming pools in schools in hotter regions to help les petites cool off!

French School Calendar

In spite of these changes French schools still have some of the longest school holidays in the world, attending school for only around 160 days out of the whole year.

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There are five terms in the school year starting in September (or late August in some cases).
Dates vary according to the Zone you live in.
The following charts show the official dates for 2005/2006 under the three Zones with the main cities of each Zone listed above. See the Map of Zones to find the Zone you are in.

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  • Written Aug 13, 2006
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